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Aparna Philip Allison Wachter December 2, 2011 Third Language Acquisition As innateness hypothesis suggests, acquiring a language is innate to human beings. Although the aforementioned linguistic innateness exists, the ability to acquire a language is limited by the age of an individual. Studies and experiences of individuals have proved that the ability of an individual to learn a new language and to speak that language like a native speaker diminishes once the critical period is surpassed. Regardless, people strive to learn new languages and to speak those languages. Not only do they try to acquire a second language other than their native language, but many also try to acquire a third or fourth or more languages throughout their lifetime. Studying the linguistic characteristics of these multilingual individuals can provide a more clear insight into the workings of human mind and how it acquires a new language. Third language acquisition is one of the most thoroughly researched areas in linguistics. In the papers On L3 acquisition and phonological permeability: A new test case for debates on the mental representation of non-native phonological systems by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro and Jason Rothman and The acquisition of L3 English vowels by infant German Italian bilinguals by Fredrica Missaglia discusses the effects of third language acquisition on the other two languages of bilingual individuals. In their paper On L3 acquisition and phonological permeability: A new test case for debates on the mental representation of non-native phonological systems, Amaro and Rothman studies the effect of Brazilian Portuguese on English-Spanish bilinguals. The individuals are grouped according to their time of acquisition of Spanish—the ones who learned Spanish after
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their critical period and the ones who learned it before the critical period. The cross linguistic influence of Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish of these individuals are examined after the exposure of these individuals to Brazilian Portuguese. They hypothesized that the Spanish
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