Language Acquisition



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 12:15-13:45, Raum KH 0.020

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das PS Linguistics gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II Linguistics. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches Kombinationsmodul)

- Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Zwischenmodul L-GYM Linguistics. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Basismodul Linguistics)

- Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen: Seminarmodul L-UF Linguistics. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Elementarmodul Linguistics)

Scheinerwerb: Referat + Hausarbeit (Students will have to give a presentation in class (15-20 min) and write an assignment (approx. 12 pages)).


The module aims to provide students with an understanding and ability to critically approach the following issues in Language Acquisition:

• The acquisition of first languages and the main theoretical approaches to it: Generative and Usage-based

• The main issues that emerge from the literature on the acquisition of second languages: Critical -Period Hypothesis, Fossilisation and L1 Transfer

• Slobin’s Thinking for speaking and how speakers’ L1 structures influence their conceptualisations

Empfohlene Literatur

Ambridge, B. & Lieven, E.V.M. (2011) Child Language Acquisition: Contrasting theoretical approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Ch. 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Ellis, R. (2015) Understanding Second Language Acquisition. Second Edition. Oxford University Press. Ch. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Han, Z.-H. (2013) Forty years later: Updating the Fossilization Hypothesis. Language Teaching, 46, pp. 133-171. Slobin, I.D. (1987) Thinking for speaking. Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, pp. 435-445. Slobin, I.D. (1996) From "thought and language" to "thinking for speaking. In J.J. Gumperz & Levison (eds.) Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (pp. 70-96). Cambridge University Press. Further Readings Further Readings will be provided at the beginning of the course