Processability theory (PT) is a prominent framework of second language (L2) acquisition originally put forth by Manfred Pienemann (1998, 2005) which argues that ‘learners acquire L2s in developmental stages, levels of language processing which are evident in the emergence (or onset) of syntactic and morphological structures’ (Dyson and Håkansson 2017: 1). Since its original conception nearly two decades ago, PT has rapidly expanded and widened its theoretical scope (Pienemann and Lenzing 2015), placing it alongside the most important and widely tested psycholinguistic theories of L2 acquisition.

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A book series dedicated specifically to PT, Processability approaches to language acquisition research and teaching, is just one example of the exponential growth of this framework. The series is edited by Manfred Pienemann, Bruno Di Biase, and Jörg-U Keßler and is home to high-quality volumes which report on the latest developments in...

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