First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

A Psycholinguistic Model of First and Second Language Learning

Tatiana Slama-Cazacu

University of Bucharest, Romania

1. The author discusses first some models of language learning (MIL); the behaviouristic, the inneistic, the "neoteny'. 2. The MLL presented by Slama-Cazacu (various works, 1961-1989) is based on her model of the act of communication, in the "dynamic-contextual" (DC) approach. It takes into consideration the concrete reality of communication, with all its components, included in contexts and viewed in their dynamicity. 3. The DC model used as a basis for the MLL is centered on concepts such as: a strong drive for communication, motivating the child to learn language; very early and predominant influence of the social environment; occurrence of language learning in a gradual and long process of development, etc. Though different in some basic respects, first and second language learning have also many common features. 4. Various facts will be offered as examples that validate this model.

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Bibliographic reference.  Slama-Cazacu, Tatiana (1990): "A psycholinguistic model of first and second language learning", In ICSLP-1990, 1385-1388.