Monolingual Bias in Second Language Acquisition Research
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This paper questions whether second language (L2) acquisition research lives up to its claim to deal with the learner’s language as an independent system. First the paper describes the original assumption that learners have independent grammars and sees whether the terminology of L2 acquisition research fits with this. Then it measures some typical L2 research methodologies against this assumption. It argues that the independence of the L2 user is a necessary tenet for L2 acquisition research that has to be properly accommodated within the field, adopting the practice of bilingualism research.