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Advances in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition

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  • Advances the field of second language acquisition by proposing varied research techniques from diverse fields
  • Designates the emerging role of heritage language learning
  • Discusses major trend topics such as speech acquisition

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Table of contents (9 chapters)


About this book

This book includes studies that employ a variety of research techniques from diverse fields targeting a better understanding of the second language (L2)/foreign language (FL) acquisition process including issues of heritage language (HL) learning. Specifically, the chapters discuss matters such as speech perception and production patterns in a second/foreign language, factors that facilitate second language acquisition, acquisition of heritage languages, teaching of a second/foreign language, and acquisition of second/foreign language grammatical and other structures, among others. The investigation of L2/FL and HLs is of paramount importance for updating the existing theories in the field and maximizing learning outcomes for the sake of effective communication, cultivation of intercultural understanding, career advancement, and personal development. The book is of interest to a wide range of disciplinary audiences, including linguists, psychologists, educators, and social scientists.


‘A much-needed contribution to second/foreign language acquisition and a great pedagogical resource itself. The volume captures a fascinating engagement with recent scholarship by bringing different mindsets together to present the work of professors from Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Informed by the state of the art, Georgiou et al. have produced an interesting and thought-provoking volume that deserves a wide readership amongst the linguistic community and beyond.’  ​— Maria Tenizi – Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics, University of Cyprus 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Languages and Literature, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

    Georgios P. Georgiou, Aretousa Giannakou, Christine Savvidou

About the editors

Georgios P. Georgiou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. His research interests include phonetics and phonology with particular emphasis on speech perception and production, psycholinguistics, and speech-language pathology.

Aretousa Giannakou is a Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literature of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Her research interests include comparative syntax, bi-/multilingualism, language attrition, heritage languages, particularly Greek and (Latin American) Spanish, as well as educational linguistics and intercultural education.

Christine Savvidou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Her research interests include language teacher education, second language teaching and learning, technology enhanced language learning, and higher education more broadly

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Advances in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition

  • Editors: Georgios P. Georgiou, Aretousa Giannakou, Christine Savvidou

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-38521-6Published: 12 November 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-38524-7Due: 12 December 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-38522-3Published: 10 November 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 214

  • Number of Illustrations: 36 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Language Acquisition and Development, Applied Linguistics, Language Education

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