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How do we acquire meaning: the bottleneck hypothesis

Watch this video on how we acquire meaning. The Bottleneck hypothesis is a theory proposed by the Applied Linguistics Professor Roumiana Slavakova.

In this video, Roumyana Slabakova begins to consider what is hard and what is easy in learning a second language.

She starts out by considering the more problematic aspects of language learning and she suggests her own hypothesis – ‘the bottleneck hypothesis’ for helping us to understand how humans acquire meaning in language.

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Roumyana published a book about her hypothesis in 2016. It is called Second Language Acquisition and is published by Oxford University Press as part of their Oxford Core Linguistics series. This link takes you to the book on Amazon.co.uk.

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