The Robustness of Critical Period Effects in Second Language Acquisition.

@article{Dekeyser2000TheRO,
  title={The Robustness of Critical Period Effects in Second Language Acquisition.},
  author={Robert M. Dekeyser},
  journal={Studies in Second Language Acquisition},
  year={2000},
  volume={22},
  pages={499-533}
}
This study was designed to test the Fundamental Difference Hypothesis (Bley-Vroman, 1988), which states that, whereas children are known to learn language almost completely through (implicit) domain-specific mechanisms, adults have largely lost the ability to learn a language without reflecting on its structure and have to use alternative mechanisms, drawing especially on their problem-solving capacities, to learn a second language. The hypothesis implies that only adults with a high level… Expand
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