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Linguistic Awareness in MultilingualsEnglish as a Third Language$
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Ulrike Jessner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619139

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619139.001.0001

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Learning and using a third language

Learning and using a third language

(p.13) Chapter 2 Learning and using a third language
Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals

Ulrike Jessner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the psycholinguistic aspects of the acquisition and use of a third language. It focuses on the development of research on multilingualism, in particular on current approaches taken in studies that have concentrated on the detection of differences between second and third language acquisition (SLA and TLA). The main areas of research in the fields of TLA and multilingualism, such as the effects of bilingualism on third language learning, are discussed in detail. Subsequently the importance of metalinguistic awareness in multilingual proficiency as one of the emerging cognitive factors is highlighted.

Keywords:   psycholinguistics, second language, third language, multilingualism, language acquisition, bilingualism, language learning, metalinguistic awareness

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