About this Cambridge Elements series
Cambridge Elements in Second Language Acquisition is a series which showcases a high-quality set of updatable, concise works that address how learners come to internalize the linguistic system of another language and how they make use of that linguistic system. The rapid development of second language acquisition (SLA) over the last several decades has molded an interdisciplinary field largely informed by education, linguistics, psychology, neurology, among other disciplines. Consequently, SLA draws on a wide-range of theoretical views, hypotheses, and frameworks about the way in which second language learners create and develop new language systems.
Areas of SLA research and theories range from rationalist and linguistic to cognitive, psycholinguistic, and social, with the intent of studying some of the key issues, processes, and mechanisms involved in the acquisition of languages. From a rationalist perspective of SLA, humans have an innate capacity for the development of language and are genetically programmed to develop their linguistic systems in certain ways. A perspective of SLA from linguistics focuses on the language dimension and the linguistic system underlying second language grammars and their construction. Cognitive perspectives are interested in knowing how the human brain processes and generates new information. Psycholinguistic views of SLA seek to understand how L2 learners process information, organize their knowledge, and subsequently use that knowledge. From a sociolinguistic perspective, variation and changes in the learner’s L2 linguistic knowledge are caused by a number of explorable social phenomena.
About the Editors
Alessandro Benati is Director of CAES at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is known for his work in second language acquisition and second language teaching. He has published ground-breaking research on the pedagogical framework called Processing Instruction. He is co-editor of Elements in Second Language Acquisition for Cambridge University Press, a member of the REF Panel 2021, and Honorary Professor at York St John University.
John W. Schwieter is Full Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and Director of the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory and Bilingualism Matters at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). His research interests include: psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches to multilingualism and language acquisition; second language teaching and learning; translation and cognition; and language, culture, and society. He is the founding Executive Editor of the book series Bilingual Processing and Acquisition (Benjamins) and Co-Editor of Cambridge Elements in Second Language Acquisition. Some of his recent books include The Cambridge Handbook of Language Learning (2019); The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism (2019, Wiley-Blackwell); The Handbook of Translation and Cognition (2017, Wiley-Blackwell); and The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Processing (2015). His research has appeared in journals such as: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Frontiers in Psychology; International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Language Learning; Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism; among others.
Editorial Advisory Board
Areas of Interest
Dozens of topics in SLA will serve as individual Elements in this series. The series is particularly interested in the following overarching areas
Each Element in this series answers several important questions: