The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing: A Sociocognitive Exploration of Lexical Trails

The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing: A Sociocognitive Exploration of Lexical Trails

by Susy Macqueen

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The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing: A Sociocognitive Exploration of Lexical Trails by Susy Macqueen

This book received 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.

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ISBN-13: 9783034310109
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/21/2012
Series: Linguistic Insights Series: Studies in Language and Communication , #137
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susy Macqueen is a Research Fellow in the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne. Her main research interests are lexicogrammatical patterns (formulaic sequences, collocations, etc.), second language learning and language assessment. She has a particular interest in complex systems and sociocultural approaches to research.

Table of Contents

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.

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