CROSS-LINGUISTIC INFLUENCE IN THIRD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:
PSYCHOLINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVES. Jasone Cenoz, Britta Hufeisen, and
Ulrike Jessner (Eds.). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2001.
Pp. 197. $54.95 cloth.
Although linguists often employ “native-language
influence” as a shorthand for language transfer, most are well
aware that crosslinguistic influence can come not only from the first
language (L1) but also from the second language (L2) in cases where the
target language is the third language (L3). Even so, there remains the
question of just how similar the acquisition of L3 (or L4, etc.) may be
to what is, strictly speaking, L2 acquisition. This question naturally
intersects with the complexities of crosslinguistic influence, and the
study of transfer beyond L2 has received increasing attention in the
past 10 years or so. It was high time for a single volume that would
bring together many strands of research on the problem, and this one
edited by Cenoz, Hufeisen, and Jessner will no doubt become a key
resource. The collection has an introduction by the editors and 10
chapters with the following authors: Cenoz; Hammarberg; De Angelis and
Selinker; Ringbom; Dewaele; Ecke; Herwig; Kellerman; Fouser; and
Gibson, Hufeisen, and Libben.