Dynamic Variation in Second Language Acquisition

A language processing perspective

ORCID logoBronwen Patricia Dyson | University of Sydney
ISBN 9789027210524 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027259769 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Dynamic Variation in Second Language Acquisition makes a cutting-edge contribution to knowledge about how second language learners develop their second language. Drawing comprehensively on Processability Theory’s theoretical understanding that individual variation dynamically interacts with ordered stages of language acquisition, the book provides an informative, critical analysis of historical and contemporary debates about the role of variation in linguistic variation, particularly second language variation. Richly illustrated with a forensic year-long study of how eight adolescent learners of English vary in their acquisition of syntax and morphology, this monograph shows that learners vary in their timing of development between two distinct learner types along a continuum and without skipping stages. The book uncovers how learner variation is dynamic and quite (although not entirely) systematic and how this variation contributes to change in the second language. It will be essential reading for researchers, students, and practitioners.
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Dyson, Bronwen
2023. SLA as complex, dynamical and predictable: A Processability Theory perspective. Second Language Research 39:4  pp. 1279 ff. DOI logo
Dyson, Bronwen, Gisela Håkansson & Kirrie J. Ballard
2022. A Developmental Approach to Assessing and Treating Agrammatic Aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 31:3  pp. 1188 ff. DOI logo
Nicholas, Howard, Manfred Pienemann & Anke Lenzing
2022. Teacher decision-making, dynamical systems and processability theory. Instructed Second Language Acquisition 6:2 DOI logo
Pienemann, Manfred, Frank Lanze, Howard Nicholas & Anke Lenzing
2022. Chapter 3. Stabilization. In Second Language Acquisition Theory [Bilingual Processing and Acquisition, 14],  pp. 29 ff. DOI logo
Ponnet, Aaricia & Ludovic De Cuypere
2023. The acquisition of Hindi split-ergativity and differential object marking by Dutch L1 speakers: systematicity and variation. Language Acquisition  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo

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CFD: Psycholinguistics

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LAN009040: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics / General
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