How native is near-native? The issue of ultimate attainment in adult second language acquisition

@article{White1996HowNI,
  title={How native is near-native? The issue of ultimate attainment in adult second language acquisition},
  author={L. White and F. Genesee},
  journal={Second Language Research},
  year={1996},
  volume={12},
  pages={233 - 265}
}
  • L. White, F. Genesee
  • Published 1996
  • Psychology
  • Second Language Research
  • A number of studies have reported that there is a negative correlation between age of L2 acquisition and performance on a variety of measures of L2 ability, and that individuals who begin learning an L2 after approximately 15 years of age fail to attain native-like levels of competence. These results have been interpreted as support both for the hypothesis that there is a critical period for L2 acquisition and for the hypothesis that there is a maturational decline in access to Universal… CONTINUE READING
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