Why do adults retain a marked accent in foreign languages? Despite learning and reaching proficiency in other second language (L2) linguistics domains, adults have an extremely difficult time absorbing, recognizing, and utilizing a new phonology. Traditional linguistics and biology hold that a critical period inversely affects language learning ability with age. However, recent advances in brain imaging and knowledge of neuroscience alter this notion. We argue for a separation between language learning and language acquisition. We also present a new model for adult L2 learning, called the Attention Model. This model focuses on linguistic awareness between an L1 and L2, and builds up a new language based on recognition of linguistic form.
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"Second-Language Phonology Learning and Neuroplasticity,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: http://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol4/iss1/3