A Dynamic Approach to Second Language Development

Methods and techniques

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| University of Groningen
| University of Groningen
| University of Groningen
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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.
[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 29]  2011.  ix, 211 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of How to sections
vii–viii
Acknowledgements
ix–x
Introduction
Kees de Bot, Wander Lowie and Marjolijn H. Verspoor
1–4
Researching Second Language Development from a Dynamic Systems Theory perspective
Kees de Bot and Diane Larsen-Freeman
5–24
Dynamic Systems Theory and a usage-based approach to Second Language Development
Marjolijn H. Verspoor and Heike Behrens
25–38
Coding and extracting data
Monika S. Schmid, Marjolijn H. Verspoor and Brian MacWhinney
39–54
Variability and DST
Marijn van Dijk, Marjolijn H. Verspoor and Wander Lowie
55–84
Visualizing interactions between variables
Marjolijn H. Verspoor and Marijn van Dijk
85–98
Modeling development and change
Wander Lowie, Tal Caspi, Paul van Geert and Henderien Steenbeek
99–122
Epilogue
Kees de Bot
123–128
How to sections
Marjolijn H. Verspoor, Wander Lowie, Paul van Geert, Marijn van Dijk and Monika S. Schmid
129–200
References
201–208
Index
209–212
Website
“One of the greatest strengths of this book is that it will be relevant to both novice and experienced researchers. The novice will find advice, examples, and encouragement. More experienced researchers will find a convenient reference to much of the field-breaking work being done within the DST perspective as well as tips for extending their methodology. Another strength is that the book's ability to reduce extremely challenging and technical methodology to manageable bits will inspire readers to engage in such methodology themselves. The main genius of this book is its ability to translate very complex ideas and methodology into layman's terms. Those who dislike mathematical processing will be enabled to integrate these new methodologies into their work.”
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BIC Subject: CFDM – Bilingualism & multilingualism
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