The new handbook of second language acquisition

| February 23, 2011

Title: The new handbook of second language acquisition

Authors: ed. by Tej K. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie

Publisher: Bingley : Emerald, 2009

Call no.: P118.2 .H36 2009

From the Publisher:

“The New Handbook of Second Language Acquisition” is a thoroughly revised, re-organized, and re-worked edition of Ritchie and Bhatia’s 1996 handbook. The work is divided into six parts, each devoted to a different aspect of the study of SLA. Part I includes a recent history of methods used in SLA research and an overview of currently used methods. Part II contains chapters on Universal Grammar, emergentism, variationism, information-processing, sociocultural, and cognitive-linguistic. Part III is devoted to overviews of SLA research on lexicon, morphosyntax, phonology, pragmatics, sentence processing, and the distinction between implicit and explicit knowledge. Part IV examines neuropsycholgy of SLA, another on child SLA, and the effects of age on second language acquisition and use. Part V is concerned with the contribution of the linguistic environment to SLA, including work on acquisition in different environments, through the Internet, and by deaf learners. Finally, Part VI treats social factors in SLA, including research on acquisition in contact circumstances, on social identity in SLA, on individual differences in SLA, and on the final state of SLA, bilingualism.

About the Authors

Tej K. Bhatia is a Professor of Linguistics and Director of South Asian Languages at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. He has served as Director of Linguistic Studies Program and Acting Director of Cognitive Sciences at the university. He was also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Popular Television at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation Award for excellence in research.

He has published a number of books, articles and book chapters in the areas of bilingualism, multiculturalism, media (advertising) discourse, sociolinguistics, and the structure and typology of English and South Asian languages (particularly Hindi-Urdu and Punjabi).

William C. Ritchie is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University. His research interests are adult second language acquisition and the effects of human cognitive maturation on the capacity for language acquisition. he has served as co-editor with Tej K. Bhatia of several major handbooks in the fields of language acquisition and bilingualism, including the Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (Academic Press 1996); Handbook of Child Language Acquisition (Academic Press 1999); Handbook of Bilingualism (Wiley/Blackwell 2004/2006); and the New Handbook of Second Language Acquisition — second edition of the 1996 volume — (The Emerald Group, in press).