L1, L2, L3: Continuity vs. Discontinuity in Lexical Acquisition

  • H. Wode
  • A. Rohde
  • F. Gassen
  • B. Weiss
  • M. Jekat
  • P. Jung


The justification for a universal theory of language acquisition is the fact that the capacity of human beings for learning languages is not limited to one language, the mother tongue (L1). People can indeed learn more than one language. This can be achieved simultaneously, i.e. as the acquisition of several L1s, or nonsimultaneously, by learning additional languages subsequent to the L1. Furthermore, language can be learned without the benefit of foreign language instruction, as in naturalistic L2 acquisition, or within the classroom, as in tutored language acquisition. And, of course, human beings forget their languages and can re-learn them. Finally, one must not forget that even in certain pathological cases language acquisition is not impossible.


Language Acquisition Lexical Item Universal Theory Apply Linguistics German Child 
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  • H. Wode
  • A. Rohde
  • F. Gassen
  • B. Weiss
  • M. Jekat
  • P. Jung

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