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Complex systems and applied linguistics

By: Larsen-Freeman, Diane.
Series: Oxford applied linguistics. Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008Description: 12] 286 p. ; ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780194422444.Subject(s): Applied linguisticsDDC classification: 418
Contents:
Complexity theory: what's it all about -- Complex systems -- Change in complex systems -- Complex systems in language and its evolution -- Complex systems in first and second language development -- Complex systems in discourse -- Complex systems and the language classroom -- Researching complex systems in applied linguistics.
Summary: "Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics introduces key concepts in complexity theory to readers concerned with language, its learning, and its use. The book demonstrates the applicability and usefulness of these concepts to a range of areas in applied linguistics including first and second language development, language teaching, and discourse analysis. It concludes with a chapter that discusses suitable approaches to research investigations. This book will be invaluable for readers who want to understand recent developments in the field that draw on complexity theory, including dynamic systems theory, ecological approaches, and emergentism."--Jacket
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Complexity theory: what's it all about --
Complex systems --
Change in complex systems --
Complex systems in language and its evolution --
Complex systems in first and second language development --
Complex systems in discourse --
Complex systems and the language classroom --
Researching complex systems in applied linguistics.

"Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics introduces key concepts in complexity theory to readers concerned with language, its learning, and its use. The book demonstrates the applicability and usefulness of these concepts to a range of areas in applied linguistics including first and second language development, language teaching, and discourse analysis. It concludes with a chapter that discusses suitable approaches to research investigations. This book will be invaluable for readers who want to understand recent developments in the field that draw on complexity theory, including dynamic systems theory, ecological approaches, and emergentism."--Jacket

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