From the perspective of empirical complex dynamic systems, this book investigates the complex and nonlinear process of L2 writing centering on three linguistic aspects of L2 writing development: vocabulary, syntax, and discourse.
Combining dynamic systems theory, variation analysis, as well as data and cases studies from Chinese EFL learners’ writing, the book critically engages with the heated discussion on dynamic patterns of L2 writing development that focus heavily on the linguistic dimensions of complexity, accuracy and fluency. The author expands the scope of the research by integrating both linguistic and functional dimensions of L2 output and examines the interaction and co-development of these dimensions. This framework helps delineate a full picture of individual learners’ L2 writing dynamic patterns across all components of their communicative repertoire. The research findings suggest the developmental path of writing system for each EFL learner may differ, which is influenced by their different learning characteristics and learning environments in China.
The title will appeal to scholars interested in applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Suggestions on pedagogy and language learning advanced in the book will also make it a useful read for L2 language learners and TESOL and TEFL teachers.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Dynamic Systems Theory and Second Language Development 3. Research on L2 Writing Development 4. Research Design from DST Perspective 5. Research Design of the Present Study 6. Development of Vocabulary in L2 Writing 7. Development of Syntax in L2 Writing 8. Development of Discourse in L2 Writing 9. Conclusion
Shaopeng Li is an associate professor at Shanghai International Studies University in China. His research interests are in second language acquisition and EFL teaching. His publications appear in such journals as Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.