Advanced language proficiency

Authored by: Heidi Byrnes

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 inclusion of “advanced language proficiency” in this Handbook is a first even as a concern for “advancedness” is hardly new. Two views of language have influenced existing research, particularly in the USA: an earlier cognitive, psycholinguistic “acquisition” orientation and a more recent social, “use” orientation. Concurrently, European scholarship pursued a blended, semantically, and textually oriented approach that focused on linguistic phenomena in inter-ethnic discourse and used a longitudinal methodology (e.g., Perdue, 1993). The two orientations have thus far not been linked. As a consequence, the field does not yet have a sufficiently comprehensive theoretical basis for understanding advanced language, much less advanced language use.

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