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MIT Linguistics: Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Suzanne Flynn :: Publications


A Parameter-Setting Model of L2 Acquisition: Experimental Studies in Anaphora. Dordrecht: D. Reidel Publishing Co., 246 pp., 1987.


Co-edited Books

Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition. 1998 (W. G. Martohardjono and W. O'Neil). Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.  

Systematic Theory and First Language Acquisition: Crosslinguistic Perspectives: Heads, Projections and Learnability, Vol. 1,1995 (a co-editor: B. Lust, M Suner, J. Whitman as Editors). Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers: NJ.

Binding Dependencies and Learnability, Vol. 2. 1994 (a co-editor: B. Lust, G. Harmon, J. Kornflit as Editors). Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers: NJ.

Linguistic Theory in Second Language Acquisition (with Wayne O'Neil).   Reidel Press, Dordrecht. 450 pp., 1988

This volume includes:
"Introduction" (with W. O'Neil), pp 1-24
"Nature of Development in Second Language Acquisition: Implications for Theories of Language Learning," pp. 76-84.


Articles in Refereed Journals

Rusling, Matthew. "Learn a foreign language – over the Web." The Christian Science Monitor. 8/16/2007.

"The Cumulative-Enhancement Model for Language Acquisition: Comparing Adults' and Children's Patterns of Development in First, Second and Third Language Acquisition of Relative Clauses. 2004.  International Journal of Multilingualism, 1:1, 3-17. (with C. Foley and I. Vinnitskaya).

"Syntactic and Semantic Factors Underlying the Acquisition of Free Relatives in First and Second Language    Acquisition. 2004. MITWPL. (With C. Foley).

"Grammatical Mapping in the Acquisition of a Third Language." 2001. (with C. Foley and I. Vinnitskaya). In M.J. Archer and A. Reder (eds.). Cuadernos de Linguistica. Ortega y Gassett. Madrid, Spain.

"Universal Grammar: Hypothesis Space or Grammar Selection Procedures? Is UG affected by Critical Periods" 1998. (with G. Martohardjono and S. Epstein).  Response to J. Hirschensohn. Behavior and Brain Science.

"Explanation in Theories of Second Language." 1996 (with S. Epstein and G. Martohardjono). Behavior and Brain Sciences. 19 (4): 677-714.

"Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition: the Null Hypothesis." 1996 (with S. Epstein and G. Martohardjono) Behavior and Brain Sciences. 19(4), 746-752.

"Orden de Palabras y Concordancia de Complemento en El Español Andinao. In Actas del V Congreso Internacional "El Español de América." Universidad de Burgos, Spain. 1995. ( M. Luján and L. Minaya).

"A Note in Defense of a Parameter-Setting Model for Adult Second Language Acquisition: A Reply to Bley-Vroman and Chaudron '90." (with B. Lust), Language Learning, 1-41, 1990.

"Adult L2 Acquisition of Two Distinct Phonetic Forms of Anaphora." Canadian Journal of Linguistics 34 (4), 419-443, 1989.

"Contrast and Construction in a Theory of Second Language Acquisition." Language Learning 36, pp. 1-37, 1987.

"Production vs. Comprehension: Differences in Underlying Competencies." In Studies in Second Language Acquisition 8, pp. 17-46, 1986.

"Head-Initial/Head-Final Parameter in Adult Chinese L2 Acquisition of English." (with I. Espinal) Second Language Acquisition Research, Vol. I, No. 2, pp. 93-117, 1985.

"Principled Theories of Adult Second Language Acquisition."  Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 99-107, 1985.


Refereed Chapters in Books, etc.

"Syntax-Pragmatics Interface: Brazilian-Portuguese L2 Acquisition of English." Submitted (with S. Pacheco)

"Feature Account of Relative Clause Acquisition." In press. In J. Liceras (ed.). "Features in Second Language Acquisition. LEA.

"Third Language Acquisition: Kazakh, Russian and English." In press.  Selected Papers from GASLA, 2003. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA

"Simultaneous vs Sequential Third Language Acquisition Among Children." In J. Cohen, K. McAlister, K. Rolstad, and J. MacSwan (eds). Selected Papers from the 4 th International Symposium on Bilignualism. Cascadilla Press: Somerville, Ma. CD-Rom edition

"A Minimalist Approach to Second Language Acquisition Solves a Dilemma of UG." 2002. (B. Lust). Portraits of a Second Language Learner, V. Cook (Ed.). Multilingual Matters.  

"Evaluation of Children's L1 Knowledge." 1999. (with B. Lust and Y-C Chien). In T. Bhatia and W. Ritchie (eds.). Handbook of L1 Acquisition. Academic Press: pp.427-451

"Why Japanese Object to L2 Objects." 1997.   (with J. Gair and O. Brown). In Cornell University Working Papers in Linguistics: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

"A Parameter Setting Approach to Second language Acquisition." 1997 In T. Bhatia and W. Ritchie (Eds.) Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Academic Press, New York.

"L2 Acquisition Solves the Paradox in UG" (with B. Lust). 1997. In Chicago Linguistic Society Papers. (CLS 1997).   University of Chicago, Chicago.

"Is There an Age Factor for Universal Grammar?" 1995. (with G. Martohardjono). In D. Singleton and Z. Lengyel (eds.). The Age Factor in Second Language Acquisition: A Critical Look at the Critical Period Hypothesis. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. pp. 135-153.

"Toward Theory Driven Language Pedagogy." 1995. (with G. Martohardjono).   In F. Eckman (Ed). Theory, Research and Pedagogy. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp.45-61.

"Language Transfer: What Do we Really Mean?" 1995. (with G. Martohardjono). In L. Eubank, L. Selinker and M. Sharwood Smith (Eds.). The Current State of Interlanguage: Studies in the memory of William Rutherford. John Benjamins: The Netherlands. pp.205-219.

 "Mapping from the Initial State to the final State: The Separation of Universal Principles and Language Specific Principles." 1994 (with G. Martohardjono). In B. Lust, M. Suñer, & J. Whitman (eds.). Heads, Projections and Learnability. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 319-337.

"Grammaticality Judgement Task and Elicited Imitation:   Difference and Similarities in Evaluating Linguistic Competence." (with E. Munnich, G. Martohardjono) In Research Methodology in Second-Language Acquisition. (A. Cohen, S. Gass & E. Tarone (eds.))   Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 227-245.

"Interactions Between L2 learning and Linguistic Theory." F. Eckman (ed.), Confluence: Linguistics, L2   Acquisition, and Speech Pathology. John Benjamins Press, pp. 15-35, 1993.

"Marriage for Life:   Theory, Research and Practice."   In J. Alatis (ed.), Strategic Interaction: Theory, Research and Practice: Gurt 93. Georgetown University Press, Georgetown, pp. 148-162.

"Adult Next Language Acquisition and the Theory of Grammar." (with W. O'Neil) In Carlos P. Otero, Critical Assessment of Chomsky. Routledge Press.

"Linguistic Theory and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching." In K. de Bot, C. Kramsch, R. Ginsberg (eds.), Issues in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. John Benjamins Press, pp. 197-215, 1991.

"Age Dependent Effects in Language Acquisition: An Evaluation of `Critical Period' Hypotheses." (with S. Manuel). In L. Eubank (ed.), Point/Counterpoint: Universal Grammar in the Second Language. John Benjamins Press, pp.118-145, 1991.

"Government-Binding: Parameter Setting in Second Language Acquisition."   In C. Ferguson and T. Huebner, Crosscurrents in Second Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theories. John Benjamins Press, pp. 143-167, 1991

"Linguistic Theory and Language Pedagogy: Debunking the Myths."   In J. Alatis (ed.), Linguistics and     Language Pedagogy: The State of the Art. Georgetown University Press, pp. 529-547, 1991.

"Theory, Research and Practice: Strange or Blissful Bedfellows?" In J. Alatis (ed.), Theory, Research and Practice: GURT: 1990. 1990.

"Spanish, Japanese and Chinese Speakers' Acquisition of English Relative Clauses: New Evidence for the Head-direction Parameter."   In K. Hyltenstam and L. Obler (eds.), Bilingualism Across the Lifespan.   Cambridge University Press, pp. 116-131, 1989.

"The Role of the Head-initial/Head-final Parameter in the Acquisition of English Relative Clauses by Adult Spanish and Japanese Speakers."   In S. Gass and J. Schachter (eds.), Linguistic Perspectives on Second language Acquisition. Cambridge University Press, pp.89-108, 1989.

"Grammatical Theory and Second Language Acquisition."   In F. Newmeyer (ed.), Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey , Vol. 2, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 53-73, 1988.

"What Children Know: Comparison of Experimental Methods for the Study of First Language Acquisition."   (with B. Lust and Y-C Chien) in B. Lust (ed.), Studies in the Acquisition of Anaphora: Defining the Constraints, Vol. 2. Dordrecht: D. Reidel, pp. 271-356, 1987.

"L2 Acquisition of Pronoun Anaphora: Resetting the Parameter." In B. Lust (ed.), Studies in the Acquisition of Anaphora: Defining the Constraints, Vol. 2. Dordrecht: D. Reidel, pp. 227-243, 1987.

"Acquisition of Null and Pronominal Anaphora in English by L1 Learners."   (with B. Lust, L. Solan, C. Cross, and E. Schuetz) in B. Lust (ed.), Studies in the Acquisition of Anaphora: Defining the Constraints , Vol. 1.   Dordrecht: Reidel Press. (Expanded version of 1980 NELS paper), 1986.

"A Universal in L2 Acquisition Based on a PBD Typology."   In F. Eckman, L. Bell, and D. Nelson (eds.), Universals of Second Language Acquisition , Rowley, MA: Newbury House Publishers, pp. 75-87, 1984.

"Differences between First and Second Language Acquisition." In D. Rogers and J. Sloboda (eds.) Acquisition of Symbolic Skills. London & New York, Plenum Press, pp. 485-500, 1983.

"The Effects of First Language Branching Direction on the Acquisition of a Second Language." In W. Harbert and J. Herschensohn (eds.), Working Papers. Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Cornell University, pp. 50-62, 1981.

"A Comparison of the Acquisition of Null and Pronominal Anaphora in English." (with B. Lust, L. Solan, C. Cross, and E. Schuetz.) In Proceedings of NELS XI. Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts, pp. 205-218, 1980.

"Acquisition of Relative Clauses:   A Preliminary Report." (with B. Lust) in W. Harbert (ed.), Working Papers.   Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Cornell University, pp. 33-45, 1980.

"Coordination: The Role of Syntactic, Pragmatic and Processing Factors in First Language Acquisition." (with B. Lust, Y-C Chien, and T. Clifford) in Papers and Reports on Child Language Development , Vol. 19, pp. 79-87, 1980.


In Preparation

Theoretical Second Language Acquisition. (with G. Martohardjono). Linguistic Inquiry Monograph Series.   MIT Press. Completion date: Summer 2006.

Second Language Acquisition: Recent Advances. (with J. Gair and G. Martohardjono).   Blackwell Publishers: Linguistic Series. Completion date: Fall 2007.

"Innateness vs. Learning in Language Acquisition: Evidence from Experimental Second Language Acquisition." (with R. Darlington, C. Foley   and B. Lust), 25 ms.pp. To be submitted to Science.

"Testing Universal Grammar in Second Language Acquisition: A Study of Chinese ESL High School Students' Interpretations of Pronouns" (with B. Lust and Y-C Chien).

"Developmental Primacy of Free Relatives in First, Second and Third Language Acquisition: Implications for their Syntax and Semantics." Paper presented at Linguistic Association of Great Britain, Cambridge University, Cambridge. (with C. Foley, B. Lust and J. Gair) To be submitted to Language                                            


In Negotiation

Trilingualsim and Linguistics.   (w. C. Foley and I. Vinnitskaya). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Solicited Manuscript.