A survey and analysis of second language theory discusses the development of ideas in this expanding area of language studies. It looks at the implications of these ideas and directions for future research. Contains study questions and activities as well as practical guidelines on the use of available research resources.

part Part I|82 pages

Towards Theory

chapter 1|19 pages

A quick round tour

chapter 2|21 pages

Learner systems

chapter 3|17 pages

Creative construction

chapter 4|23 pages

Analysing interlanguage

part Part II|38 pages

Revisions and Alternatives

chapter 5|14 pages

Early refinements

chapter 6|22 pages

Theoretical developments

part Part III|66 pages

The Coming of Age

chapter 7|20 pages

Theoretical applications of linguistics

chapter 8|29 pages

The role of UG in second language learning

chapter 9|15 pages

Implications and applications