The cognitive neuroscience of second language acquisition

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)


The papers in this volume explore the cognitive neuroscience of second language acquisition from the perspectives of critical/sensitive periods, maturational effects, individual differences, neural regions involved, and processing characteristics. The research methodologies used include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and event related potentials (ERP). Questions addressed include: Which brain areas are reliably activated in second language processing? Are they the same or different from those activated in first language acquisition and use? What are the behavioral consequences of individual differences among brains? What are the consequences of anatomical and physiological differences, learner proficiency effects, critical/sensitive periods? What role does degeneracy, in which two different neural systems can produce the same behavioral output, play? What does it mean that learners' brains respond to linguistic distinctions that cannot be recognized or produced yet? The studies in this volume provide initial answers to all of these questions.


External organisations
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • second language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages356
ISBN (Print)978-1-4051-5542-7
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameThe Language Learning-Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics cognitive neuroscience series

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Related research output

Peter Indefrey & Marianne Gullberg (ed.), 2006, In: Language Learning. 56, S1, p. 1-8

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Marianne Gullberg (ed.) & Peter Indefrey (ed.), 2006, In: Language Learning. 56, s1, p. vii–viii, 1–348

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial Issue (editor)

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