chapter  2
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Learner systems

ByMichael Sharwood Smith

This chapter, like the one that follows, will provide a survey of the field as it developed during the 1970s. Here the focus will be on the notion of interlanguage. This will not just be a historical survey but will also introduce some fundamental theoretical issues and methodological problems: for this reason detailed discussion of the empirical studies will, on the whole, be avoided so that the more essential problems may be highlighted.