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This volume represents a new and exciting initiative for the Journal of French Language Studies: the publication of its first issue featuring a theme paper with comments and a response to comments. Unlike collections of articles featuring independent contributions to a common research topic, this new platform for scholarly debate focuses on a single paper discussed by a group of experts. Rather than highlighting the diversity of approaches, the goal is to delve into the analysis of one particular research question by soliciting comments, suggestions and critiques of the methodology, the results and the possible implications for future research.
What is language and how can we investigate its acquisition by children or adults? What perspectives exist from which to view acquisition? What internal constraints and external factors shape acquisition? What are the properties of interlanguage systems? This comprehensive 31-chapter handbook is an authoritative survey of second language acquisition (SLA). Its multi-perspective synopsis on recent developments in SLA research provides significant contributions by established experts and widely recognized younger talent. It covers cutting-edge and emerging areas of enquiry not treated elsewhere in a single handbook, including third language acquisition, electronic communication, incomplete first language acquisition, alphabetic literacy and SLA, affect and the brain, discourse, and identity. Written to be accessible to newcomers as well as experienced scholars of SLA, the Handbook is organised into six thematic sections, each with an editor-written introduction.