Cover image for A dynamic approach to second language development : methods and techniques
Title:
A dynamic approach to second language development : methods and techniques
Series:
Language learning & language teaching (LL<); 29.
Publication Information:
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Company, 2011.
Physical Description:
viii, 211 pages. : illustrations. ; 25 cm.
ISBN:
9789027219985

9789027219992

9789027287359

Available:*

Library
Item Barcode
Call Number
Material Type
Item Category 1
Status
Searching...
30000010281312 P118.2 D96 2011 Open Access Book Book
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Dynamic systems theory, a general theory of change and development, offers a new way to study first and second language development and requires a new set of tools for analysis of empirical data. After a brief introduction to the theory, this book, co-authored by several leading scholars in the field, concentrates on tools and techniques recently developed to analyze language data from a dynamic perspective. The chapters deal with the general thoughts and reasoning behind coding data, analyzing variability, discovering interacting variables and modeling. The accompanying How to sections give step-by-step instructions to using macros to speed up the coding, creating a dedicated lexical profile, making min-max graphs, testing for significance in single case studies by running simulations, and modeling. Example files and data sets are available on the accompanying website ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/lllt.29.website ). Although the focus is on second language development, the tools are applicable to a wide range of phenomena in applied linguistics.