A Complex Dynamic Systems Theory perspective on speaking in second language development

Wander Lowie, Marjolijn Verspoor

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L2 speaking is a challenging area of research due to the wide variety of relevant factors that shape the process in different ways and at different timescales. This chapter provides insights into the development of second language speaking from a Complex Dynamic Systems Theory perspective. This chapter sketches the dynamic nature of the developmental process and discusses methodological issues in analyzing data from this perspective leading to several recommendations about doing research into L2 speaking. One of the most important conclusions is that the process of L2 speaking is essentially individually owned and that most insight into this process can be expected from longitudinal case studies with dense data collected at a high frequency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Speaking
EditorsTracey Derwing, Murray Munro, Ron Thomson
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003022497
ISBN (Print)9780367900847
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2022

Publication series

NameThe Routledge Handbooks in Second Language Acquisition

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