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Wed Jul 18 2012

Books: Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language: Zheng

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Subject: Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language: Zheng
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Title: Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 153 Published: 2.012E+003 Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Author: Yongyan Zheng Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311069 Pages: 262 Price: U.S. $ 77.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311069 Pages: 262 Price: U.K. £ 48.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311069 Pages: 262 Price: Europe EURO 60.00 Comment: for Germany EURO 64.20, for Austria EURO 66.00 (incl. VAT)

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.

Contents: Dynamic Systems Theory approach to foreign language vocabulary development - English language education in China today - Macro-level development of vocabulary knowledge - Micro-level development of vocabulary knowledge - Situated experiences of vocabulary learning - Learners&apos; motivational self-images - A dynamic model of foreign language vocabulary development.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             Language Acquisition                             Psycholinguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)                             English (eng)
Written In: English (eng)

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