© 1989

Metalinguistic Performance and Interlinguistic Competence

  • David Birdsong

Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

    1. David Birdsong
      Pages 1-9
  3. Points of Departure and Points of Contention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. David Birdsong
      Pages 13-47
    3. David Birdsong
      Pages 71-82
  4. From Metalinguistic Performance to Interlinguistic Competence

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-246

About this book


It is often assumed that metalinguistic performance (e.g., detection of ambiguity, judgments of grammaticality) straightforwardly reflects linguistic knowledge. The inadequacies of such an assumption are explored in this volume, which documents the subtleties of the relationship between metalinguistic performance and knowledge of a second language (interlinguistic competence) from the perspectives of language acquisition theory and cognitive and developmental psychology. This thorough and up-to-date examination of metalinguistic phenomena offers insight to those involved in designing elicitation materials, analyzing and interpreting metalinguistic performance data, and applying such evidence to descriptions of interlanguage grammars and to second-language acquisition theory. The book also contributes constructively to the current debate concerning the role of metalinguistic variables in second-language acquisition, that is, how they ultimately affect success or failure in learning a second language.


awareness developmental psychology first language language acquisition learning psychology second language

Editors and affiliations

  • David Birdsong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Romance Languages and Program in LinguisticsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Metalinguistic Performance and Interlinguistic Competence
  • Authors David Birdsong
  • Series Title Springer Series in Language and Communication
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-50351-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-74126-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-74124-1
  • Series ISSN 0172-620X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 246
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
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