n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Multichronic complexity in second language development
|Article Title||Multichronic complexity in second language development|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Affiliations||1 University of Groningen, The Nertherlands and 2 University of Groningen, The Nertherlands|
|Publication Date||Dec 2012|
|Pages||97 - 106|
|Keyword(s)||Language development, Multichronic complexity, Time scales and Variation|
Taking a dynamic systems perspective on second language development, this paper argues that development is change over time, which is never stable and has no end state. Moreover, time can be defined at different scales: from the millisecond, minute, week and year to the lifespan. At all scales we can see change over time in language development at different levels of granularity; however, the time scale and level of granularity we use determines to a great extent what we find. What seems a change at one level may be nothing more than natural variation at another one.
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