Lydia White

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Lydia White is a researcher and educator in the area of second language acquisition (SLA). She is James McGill Professor of Linguistics and currently Chair of the Department of Linguistics at McGill University.[1]

Her 1989 survey of SLA research, Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition, has become a standard textbook in many university level SLA courses.[citation needed] The book puts particular emphasis on research which explores the implications that the theory of linguistic universals (the Universal Grammar theory) has had upon second language acquisition approaches.


  1. ^ James McGill / William Dawson Programme. McGill University. Retrieved on April 19, 2009


McGill University. James McGill / William Dawson Programme. McGill University, Associate Provost (Planning and Budgets). Retrieved on April 19, 2009


  • "Grammatical Theory and Language Acquisition", 1982, Dordrecht: Foris
  • "Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition", 1989, Amsterdam: John Benjamins
  • "Second language acquisition and Universal Grammar", 2003, New York: Cambridge University Press


Lydia White has edited special issues of several leading journals in the field, and authored many articles in Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, and Language Acquisition.

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