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Sensitive periods and language aptitude in second language acquisition

  • MICHAEL H. LONG (a1) and GISELA GRANENA (a2)
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Mayberry and Kluender (Mayberry & Kluender) adopt interesting positions on a wide range of issues. Due to space limitations, we will focus on just two where our views differ: (i) the robustness of maturational constraints on second language acquisition (L2A), and (ii) the implications of a role for language aptitudes within the boundaries defined by sensitive periods (SPs).

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Address for correspondence: Michael H. Long, Second Language Acquisition Program, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 3124 Jimenez Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USAmlong5@umd.edu
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Abrahamsson, N., & Hyltenstam, K. (2009). Age of onset and nativelikeness in a second language: Listener perception versus linguistic scrutiny. Language Learning, 59, 249306.
Granena, G. (2016). Age differences, maturational constraints, and implicit and explicit L2 learning. Brill Research Perspectives in Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition, 1, 944.
Granena, G., & Long, M. H. (2013). Age of onset, length of residence, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment in three linguistic domains. Second Language Research 29, 3, 311343.
Long, M. H. (2005). Problems with supposed counter-evidence to the critical period hypothesis. International Review of Applied Linguistics 43, 287317.
Long, M. H. (2013). Maturational constraints on child and adult SLA. In Granena, G., & Long, M. H. (eds.), Sensitive periods, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment, pp. 341. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Mayberry, R. I., & Kluender, R. (2017). Rethinking the critical period for language: New insights into an old question from American Sign Language. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition doi:10.1017/S1366728917000724
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