Books: The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing: Macqueen
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Date: 06-Jun-2012 From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com> Subject: The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing: Macqueen E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing
Subtitle: A Sociocognitive Exploration of Lexical Trails
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 137
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Susy Macqueen
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034310109 Pages: 325 Price: U.S. $ 100.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034310109 Pages: 325 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034310109 Pages: 325 Price: Europe EURO 72.00 Comment: for Germany EURO 77.00, for Austria EURO 79.20 (incl. VAT)
This book was awarded the Cambridge/Language Teaching Brumfit Award 2010.
Drawing upon a convergence of sociocultural theory and linguistic emergentism, this book presents a longitudinal investigation of the development of ESL users' written lexicogrammatical patterning (collocations and colligations). A qualitative methodology ('Lexical Trail Analysis') was developed in order to capture a dynamic and historical view of the ways in which the participants combined words in their writing. This involved tracing single lexemes diachronically through individuals' written corpora. The writers were interviewed about the histories of particular word combinations. Selected patterns were later tested using the principles of dynamic testing. The findings of these combined data types - essays, interviews and tests - suggest that sociocognitive resources such as memory and attention and the ability to imitate and adapt linguistic resources are paramount in the massive task of internalizing the lexicogrammatical patterning of a second language. The participants were agents of change, seeking assistance and adapting patterns to suit their changing goals. Their activity is theorized in a model of language patterning from which implications for second language learning and teaching are drawn.
Contents: What is lexicogrammatical patterning? - Lexicogrammatical patterns and second language learning - Emergence theory - Sociocultural theory - Emergent sociocognition - Methodology - Findings: Patterning, Assistance and Imitation - A model of language patterning - Lexicogrammatical pattern emergence and the broader context - Implications for assisting L2 users.