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Author Jordan, Geoff
Title Theory Construction in Second Language Acquisition
Imprint Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2004
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Descript 1 online resource (313 pages)
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Note Theory Construction in Second Language Acquisition -- Editorial page -- Title page -- LCC page -- Dedication page -- Table of contents -- Acknowledgements -- Abstract -- The Guidelines (Abridged) -- Part 1 Some fundamental issues concerning the construction and assessment of theories of SLA -- 1 Key terms and current problems in SLA -- 2 Research methodology -- Notes -- 3 Recent relativists -- Notes -- 4 In defence of rationalism -- 5 The construction and assessment of theories of SLA -- Notes -- Part 2 A critical rationalist review of some hypotheses, models and theories of SLA -- 6 Chomsky -- Note -- 7 The role of UG in an explanation of SLA -- 8 Approaches to SLA that offend the guidelines -- 9 Signs of progress -- 10 Explaining SLA -- Bibliography -- Name index -- Subject index -- The series LANGUAGE LEARNING & LANGUAGE TEACHING
Recently, many SLA researchers have adopted a postmodernist approach which challenges the assumption that SLA research is a rationalist, scientific endeavour. The resulting epistemological arguments, plus problems of theory proliferation, contradicting theories, and theory domain, hinder progress towards a unified theory of SLA. Theory Construction in SLA addresses these problems by returning to first principles; it asks whether there is such a thing as reliable knowledge, what is special about scientific method, and how we can best explain SLA. It is the first book to use the philosophy of science in order to examine the epistemological underpinnings of SLA research and evaluate rival theories of SLA. Part One explores the central issues in the philosophy of science, defends rationality against relativists, and offers Guidelines for theory assessment. Part Two examines different theories of SLA and evaluates them in terms of how well they stand up to the Guidelines
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Jordan, Geoff Theory Construction in Second Language Acquisition Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company,c2004 9789027217059
Subject Second language acquisition -- Philosophy
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