Complexity Theory and Language Development

In celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman

| Georgetown University
| Teachers College, Columbia University
ISBN 9789027213389 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This volume is both a state-of-the-art display of current thinking on second language development as a complex system. It is also a tribute to Diane Larsen-Freeman for her decades of intellectual leadership in the academic disciplines of applied linguistics and second language acquisition. The chapters therein range from theoretical expositions to methodological analyses, pedagogical proposals, and conceptual frameworks for future research. In a balanced and in-depth manner, the authors provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of second language development, with a wealth of insights that promise to break the status-quo of current research and take it to exciting new territory. The book will appeal to both seasoned and novice researchers in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognitive psychology, and education, as well as to practitioners in second or foreign language teaching of any language.
[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 48]  2017.  xv, 234 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
List of figures
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Lourdes Ortega and ZhaoHong Han
Chapter 1. Complexity Theory: The lessons continue
Diane Larsen-Freeman
Chapter 2. Complexity Theory and Dynamic Systems Theory: Same or different?
Kees de Bot
Chapter 3. Neural complexity meets lexical complexity: An issue both in language and in neuroscience
John H. Schumann
Chapter 4. Conceptualizing learner characteristics in a complex, dynamic world
Zoltán Dörnyei
Chapter 5. The emerging need for methods appropriate to study dynamic systems: Individual differences in motivational dynamics
Peter D. MacIntyre, Emily MacKay, Jessica Ross and Esther Abel
Chapter 6. Lost in state space? Methodological considerations in Complex Dynamic Theory approaches to second language development research
Wander Lowie
Chapter 7. Complex Dynamic Systems Theory and L2 pedagogy: Lessons to be learned
Marjolijn H. Verspoor
Chapter 8. Language destabilization and (re-)learning from a Complexity Theory perspective: Timescales and patterns across four studies
Conny Opitz
Chapter 9. A neuropsycholinguistic approach to complexity: Bi/multilingual attrition and aphasia as destabilization
Barbara Köpke
Chapter 10. Energy conservation in SLA: The simplicity of a complex adaptive system
ZhaoHong Han, Gang Bao and Paul Wiita
Complexity Theory and Language Development: in celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman is a timely contribution, offering a wealth of insights that promise a reconceptualization of language theory, research, and practice.[...] Collectively, in a balanced and in-depth manner, this volume provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of language and language development with a CT lens. Given its wide-ranging and rich content, it is undoubtedly an important work of reference for researchers and graduate students in SLA and applied linguistics in general.”
“The book is a valuable collection that provides up-to-date research reviews and offers directions for future research. CDST’s [Complexity and Dynamic Systems Theory] noteworthy contributions in understanding and researching SLD are incontrovertible and are achieved by contributors with broad expertise in this volume. Those who want to embark on ELT research from the CDST perspective would also find this book worth reading.”
“Overall, this collection achieves two important aims, which are close to the heart of all scholars working in the complexity paradigm. Firstly, it invites readers to reflect on the “range of questions, methods and answers” that Complexity Theory generates when applied to linguistic inquiry (p. 9). The contributions that make up this chapter do this in ways that consistently engage the readers’ intellect, even if they do not always prompt unconditional agreement. Secondly, it pays a very fitting tribute to the scholarship of Diane Larsen-Freeman, in whose honour and celebration the volume was compiled.”
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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009040 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
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