Second Language Acquisition of Turkish

ORCID logoAyşe Gürel | Bogaziçi University
ISBN 9789027253224 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267078 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This book brings together the findings of current studies on the second language (L2) acquisition of Turkish, an Altaic language with more than 140 million native speakers around the world. There is now a growing interest in learning and teaching Turkish as an L2, both in and outside Turkey. Coordinated efforts to produce theoretical and empirical work on the acquisition and teaching of L2 Turkish are therefore an urgent need. The compilation in this volume offers eleven L2 studies that explore the representation and/or processing of various linguistic properties in different domains of grammar (phonology, morpho-syntax, pragmatics) and their interfaces. All studies involve adult L2 Turkish learners with various first-language backgrounds at different proficiency levels. With extensive discussions on theoretical and pedagogical issues, this title will appeal to an international readership that includes L2 Turkish researchers, materials designers, and teachers.
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“This volume brings together the findings of several recent studies on the acquisition of Turkish by adult L2 learners. This is a timely and much-needed volume, given that Turkish is a relatively under-studied language in the realm of L2 acquisition, and given that it contains many interesting linguistic features that enable researchers to test the predictions of different theoretical models. The volume provides comprehensive coverage of L2 Turkish across multiple linguistic domains, including phonology, morphosyntax, semantics, discourse, and processing involving speakers of several different languages, including English, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Russian and Norwegian, thus allowing for an extensive investigation of cross-linguistic influence. The papers in this volume are a valuable addition to the body of literature investigating L2 acquisition from formal and experimental perspectives.”
“As a second language (L2), Turkish can be said to be one of the better established “lesser taught languages”. Academic research on the dynamics and processes of the acquisition of Turkish as an L2 is still very scarce. This volume investigates the L2 acquisition of Turkish from a theoretical perspective, and with carefully designed empirical approaches. It brings together individual studies examining different aspects of L2 Turkish, namely L2 phonology, L2 morpho-syntax, and L2 pragmatics and makes the findings of current research accessible to national and international audiences alike. Given the clear need for investigations of the L2 acquisition dynamics of languages other than Indo-European languages, this volume makes a valuable contribution not only to the field of Turkish linguistics but also to the advancement of our knowledge on L2 acquisition in general.”
“An invaluable collection of studies that puts Turkish, one of the less commonly studied languages, firmly on the map of second language research and paves the way for future work in this area. It fills a real gap in the literature and will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students in the field.”
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CFDC: Language acquisition

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016007677 | Marc record