Yo ng ya n Zh en g • D yn am ic V oc ab ul ar y D ev el op m en t in a F or ei gn L an gu ag e The Dynamic Systems Theory perspective of- fers new lenses to probe into long-term foreign language development. This book reports on findings of a longitudinal multiple-case study on the vocabulary development of eight univer- sity-level Chinese learners of English. Framed within the Dynamic Systems framework, the study assumes a holistic perspective towards vocabulary knowledge and aims to project a comprehensive picture of vocabulary develop- ment in a typical foreign language learning set- ting such as the Chinese context. To this end, a wide array of quantitative measurements and qualitative methods was employed. In-depth examination was given to both psycholinguistic and sociocultural processes involved in the complex and dynamic development of vocabu- lary knowledge. Efforts were also made to es- tablish meaningful links between the learners’ cognitive, mental, pedagogical and social con- texts. Although the focus is on vocabulary de- velopment, what is discussed in the book is ap- plicable to a wide range of topics in foreign language learning and development. ISBN 978-3-0343-1106-9 Yongyan Zheng is Lecturer in the School of For- eign Languages and Literatures, Fudan Univer- sity, China. She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong with the auspices of Swire PRC-HKU Doctoral Scholarship. Her research interests include Dynamic Systems Theory of second language development, second language vocabulary ac-...
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