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Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language

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Yongyan Zheng

The Dynamic Systems Theory perspective offers 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 university-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 development in a typical foreign language learning setting 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 vocabulary knowledge. Efforts were also made to establish meaningful links between the learners’ cognitive, mental, pedagogical and social contexts. Although the focus is on vocabulary development, what is discussed in the book is applicable to a wide range of topics in foreign language learning and development.

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Index Acquisition collocations, 21, 78, 146, 224 meaning senses, 126, 145-146 Awareness collocational, 157-160, 168, 169, 217, 220 cross-linguistic, 125, 143-145, 155-158, 170, 217 lexical richness, 217, 221 Bifurcation (see also phase shift), 122 Chinese learners, 44, 61, 74-75, 79, 180, 200 context, 34, 37, 44, 61, 63-66, 134, 163, 194, 196, 208, 218, 222 Collocation, 21-23, 39-47, 55, 83-84, 117-123, 126, 221-224 Collocational links, 23, 47, 133, 141, 149-152, 212, knowledge, 39-40, 42-47, 121, 141, 207, 224 Control parameter, 54, 56-57, 142, 155, 159, 162, 169, 182, 187, 202-203, 215-216, 221, 226 Dynamic systems theory (DST), 16, 47, 51-57, 209 perspective, 41, 51-57, 59-60, 62, 124, 155, 160-162, 170, 187, 212 development, 190 English as a Foreign Language (EFL), 13, 64, 67, 163, 196, 208, English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), 61, 63, 176, 223 Extensive reading, 23-24, 69, 90, 164, 175, 182-187 Fossilization (see also stabilization), 38, 56 lexical, 27-28, 49-50, 56, 154-155, 159 Free combination, 130-131, 137, 139, 145, 149, 159, 207 Individual differences, 15 variability, 28, 50, 52, 56-57, 60-62, 110, 115-116, 124, 161, 190, 210, 213, 223 Input, 14, 23, 26, 36, 38, 49, 52, 152, 159-162, 167-170, 184-187, 190, 203, 207-208, 215, 219-220 Input hypothesis, 23-24 Lemma (see also L1 lemma), 26-27 Lexeme, 26, 38, 48-49, 141, 159, 181, 185, 187, 212 Lemma-lexeme structure, 48, 212 Lexical entry, 26-28, 38, 48-50, 55, 141, 150, 155, 160-161, 181, 187, 212, inferencing, 78, 85 richness, 31, 34, 37, 82, 95, 109-114, 164, 178-180, 183, 189, 192,...

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