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This article focuses on second language acquisition seen from a social psychological perspective. The basic premise underlying a social psychological perspective of second language acquisition is that language is a defining characteristic of the individual. It is involved in one's thoughts, self-communication, social interaction, and perception of the world. Moreover, language is a defining attribute of cultural groups. It serves to distinguish one group from another, and thus to reflect one's cultural identity. Thus, to learn a second language involves, to some extent, making part of another cultural group part of one's self, even if this is only the vocabulary, sounds, verbal forms, and so forth of that group. That is, the language is more than a symbolic system that facilitates communication among individuals; it is a defining feature of self-identity linked directly to the very social existence of the individual. The future looks bright, but continued research focusing on empirical findings represents its greatest strength.
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