This course will provide an overview and analysis of current second language acquisition research conducted within the generative framework. We will focus on explaining the linguistic competence of second language learners in terms of the principles and parameters of Universal Grammar, the innate language acquisition device . We will present and critically discuss theories of UG access and mother tongue influence. Relevant research will be presented for and against the hypothesis that UG is implicated in second language acquisition. Particular consideration will be given to the nature of the interlanguage grammar at different points in development, from the initial state to ultimate attainment. This is an essential course for students interested in second language acquisition from a linguistic perspective. Grading will be based on reading summaries, assignments, and a project.