2 First language acquisition and early cognitive development

When starting to learn a second language, most adult learners do so, intentionally or not, with reference to their previously internalized linguistic and cultural patterns for construal, as well as social norms and conventions of the L1 community. Since these have been acquired early in life in tandem with the process of developing mental functions, feelings, and plausibility structures, they have a deeply formative influence on all activities carried out by the subject, including learning another language and its use in sociocultural contexts. In this chapter, the acquisition of these influential L1 patterns and structures will be analyzed.

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