An Examination of the Relative Significance of Convergence & Divergence in Employment of FLA & SLA Concepts: A Critical Literature Review

Mike Smith, Robert Dormer (Editor), Dongyoung Kim (Translator)

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the major studies regarding both first (FLA) and second (SLA) language acquisition. In particular, the key similarities and differences between FLA and SLA are noted and described with regard to their relative significance. In doing so, the primary texts were analyzed in terms of psychological factors, cognitive processes, Critical Period Hypothesis, and Universal Grammar. Findings indicate that the processes of first and second language acquisition are sufficiently different from one another whilst also maintaining a distinct level of interconnectivity; notably with regards to the effect of the native language on the learning of the target language, which can be influenced by processes connected to Universal Grammar. (Abstract translated from Korean)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-594
Number of pages17
JournalThe Mirae Journal of English Language and Literature
Volume21
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • TESOL
  • EFL
  • Applied Linguistics

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