Does the Bioprogram Affect Second-Language Acquisition?

  • H. D. Adamson
Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)

Abstract

During the last 10 years, second-language scholars have looked to the field of pidgin and creole studies for insights into language acquisition. Among the important theories to emerge from this interdisciplinary effort are Schumman’s (1978) Pidginization Hypothesis and Andersen’s (1983) Nativization Hypothesis. The present study considers the implications for second-language acquisition of perhaps the most controversial hypothesis in pidgin—creole scholarship: Bickerton’s Bioprogram Hypothesis.

Keywords

Noun Phrase Language Acquisition Child Language Nativization Hypothesis Early Sensitivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Adamson
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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