Deadline: 27th April 2020
Word length: at least 1000 words
To what extent do you think innate linguistic knowledge is involved in second language learning? Support your argument with evidence from studies encountered in the module and in your readings.
You might find the following sources particularly useful:
Hawkins, R. (2019). How second languages are learned: An introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hawkins, R. 2001. Second language syntax: a generative introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell, chapter 1.4.
Hawkins, R. 2004. The contribution of the theory of Universal Grammar to our understanding of the acquisition of French as a second language. Journal of French Language Studies, 14, 233-255.
Hawkins, R. 2008. The nativist perspective on second language acquisition. Lingua, 118, 465-477.
O’Grady, W. 2008. The emergentist program. Lingua, 118, 447-464.
Mitchell, R., Myles, F., and Marsden, E. 2013. Second language learning theories. Abingdon: Routledge, chapter 3.
White, L. 2003. Second language acquisition and Universal Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapters 1 and 2.