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Title: The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing
Subtitle: A Sociocognitive Exploration of Lexical Trails
Written By: Susy Macqueen
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?431010
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 137
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034310109
Pages: 325
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00
Europe EURO 72.00
U.S. $ 100.95