chapter  3
17 Pages

Creative construction

ByMichael Sharwood Smith

This chapter proceeds further with the examination of the major models of second language acquisition that were established in the 1970s. As was seen from the last chapter, a realisation grew up in the early years of that decade that attention in language research should be directed towards the mental processes that underlie learner performance. The initial interest of such people as Corder, Nemser and Selinker was in the mixture of processes that lay behind the systematic performance of non-native speakers. This chapter looks at a school of thought that researchers in Los Angeles developed in the early 1970s as an alternative to the interlanguage approach.