Language as a Complex Adaptive System
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
- Explores a new approach to studying language as a complex adaptive system, illustrating its commonalities across many areas of language research
- Brings together a team of leading researchers in linguistics, psychology, and complex systems to discuss the groundbreaking significance of this perspective for their work
- Illustrates its application across a variety of subfields, including languages usage, language evolution, language structure, and first and second language acquisition
"What a breath of fresh air! As interesting a collection of papers as you are likely to find on the evolution, learning, and use of language from the point of view of both cognitive underpinnings and communicative functions." Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Language is a complex adaptive system: Position
‘The Five Graces Group' (Clay Beckner, Richard Blythe, Joan Bybee, Morten H. Christiansen, William Croft, Nick C. Ellis, John Holland, Jinyun Ke, Diane Larsen-Freeman, & Tom Schoenemann)
A usage-based account of constituency and reanalysis (Clay Beckner & Joan Bybee).
The speech community in evolutionary language dynamics (Richard A. Blythe & William A. Croft).
Linking rule acquisition in novel phrasal constructions (Jeremy K. Boyd, Erin A. Gottschalk, & Adele E. Goldberg).
Constructing a second language: Analyses and computational simulations of the emergence of linguistic constructions from usage (Nick C. Ellis & Diane Larsen-Freeman).
A usage-based approach to recursion in sentence processing (Morten H. Christiansen, & Maryellen C. MacDonald).
Evolution of brain and language (P. Thomas Schoenemann).
Complex adaptive systems and the origins of adaptive structure: what experiments can tell us (Hannah Cornish, Monica Tamariz, & Simon Kirby).
Meaning in the making: meaning potential emerging from acts of meaning (Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen).
Individual differences: Interplay of learner characteristics and learning environment (Zoltán Dörnyei).
If language is a complex adaptive system, what is language assessment? (Robert J. Mislevy & Chengbin Yin).
Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, and Research Scientist at the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her books include: Discourse Analysis in Second Language Research (1980), The Grammar Book (co-authored with Marianne Celce-Murcia, 1983; 1999), Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (1986; 2000), An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research (co-authored with Michael Long, 1991), Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (2003), and Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (co-authored with Lynne Cameron, 2008). From 1980- 1985, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was Editor of the journal Language Learning.