Processability theory

Authored by: Manfred Pienemann , Jörg-U. Keßler

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415479936
eBook ISBN: 9780203808184
Adobe ISBN: 9781136666896


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The basic ideas underlying Processability Theory (PT) developed as a result of the shortcomings of older approaches which predate PT. The goal of PT as well as its predecessor approaches is to explain second language (L2) acquisition based on the following logic: at any stage of development the learner can process only those L2 linguistic forms which the current state of the language processor can handle.

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