Recent publications

Our recent publications in Applied Language Studies and Linguistics.

A comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages

A comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages (Canberra, Pacific Linguistics) by Ross Clark and Leo Tuai looks at more than 80 Oceanic languages spoken in the northern and central island of Vanuatu.

It also provides the first detailed internal comparison of these languages. Several hundred cognate sets and reconstructed proto forms provide a basis for an account of the phonological history of fifteen selected languages.
 

Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teaching

Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teaching (Multilingual Matters Ltd) by Rod Ellis, Shawn Loewen, Catherine Elder, Rosemary Erlam, Jenefer Philp and Hayo Reinders explores the way implicit/ explicit knowledge constitutes a key distinction in the study of second language acquisition.

This book reports on a project that investigates ways of measuring implicit/explicit L2 knowledge and the relationship between the two types of knowledge and language proficiency.
 

The Study of Second Language Acquisition

The Study of Second Language Acquisition (Oxford University Press) by Rod Ellis provides the Second Edition of this comprehensive and authoritative volume. This book is an encyclopedic survey of second language acquisition research as it has developed over the last forty years.

It provides sections on learner language, the role of the linguistic environment and social context, internal mechanisms, individual learner differences, and the role of instruction. It provides a balanced account by representing a variety of perspectives, including cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and neurolinguistic perspectives.
 

A Grammar of Toqabaqita; A Dictionary of Toqabaqita

Frank Lichtenberk has produced two books based on his extensive linguistic fieldwork in Solomon Islands: A Grammar of Toqabaqita (Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter), and A Dictionary of Toqabaqita (Canberra, Pacific Linguistics).

Toqabaqita is an Austronesian (and more specifically an Oceanic) language spoken on the island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands. This is the first published dictionary of the language, and is based on the author’s work on the language for over two decades. The volume contains a Toqabaqita–English dictionary (that includes nearly 7,000 entries) and an English–Toqabaqita finderlist.
 

Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child’s Play?

Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child’s Play? (John Benjamins, Amsterdam) was co-edited by Jenefer Philp (with Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey). This new volume of work highlights the distinctiveness of child second language acquisition (SLA) through a collection of different types of empirical research specific to younger learners.

Characteristics of children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development distinguish their experiences from those of adult L2 learners. These raise intriguing issues for SLA research, and important practical questions regarding effective pedagogical techniques for learners of different ages.