Cognitivism, adaptive intelligence, and second language acquisition

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There is no doubt that the “cognitive revolution,” in tandem with a focus on second language teaching, gave birth to the organized study of second language acquisition (SLA). In this sense, SLA studies has always been a cognitive science, although calls have recently been made to reemphasize and strengthen the connection. This paper: 1) reviews the cognitivist vision of mind/ brain which has historically dominated both cognitive science and SLA studies; 2) describes how cognitive science has changed in recent years; and 3) introduces an alternative paradigm in cognitive science, adaptive intelligence, which may help us to better understand SLA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-232
Number of pages22
JournalApplied Linguistics Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • adaptive intelligence
  • alignment
  • cognitivism
  • second language acquisition
  • sociocognitive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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