This book provides a broad view of second language acquisition, from initial to final stages. It does so within a comparative perspective that addresses results concerning adult and child learners across a variety of languages, in order to assess the relative weight of cognitive and typological determinants during language learning.
Marzena Watorek is Professor in Linguistics at the University Paris 8. Her research interests include first and second language acquisition, particularly discourse production, initial processing of the input by adult learners, and the interface between language acquisition and teaching. Sandra Benazzo is Associate Professor in Linguistics and French as a Second Language at the University Lille 3. Her research mainly concerns L2 acquisition in the domain of temporality, information structure, discourse organization and the comparison with L1 acquisition. Maya Hickmann is Research Director in the Laboratoire Structures Formelles du Langage (CNRS and Universite Paris 8). Her research mainly focuses on the role of structural vs. functional and universal vs. language-specific determinants in first and second language acquisition.