Marjolijn Verspoor教授召开讲座及工作坊 Prof. Marjolijn Verspoor gave a speech and workshop-广外双语认知与发展实验室
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Marjolijn Verspoor教授召开讲座及工作坊 Prof. Marjolijn Verspoor gave a speech and workshop

Marjolijn Verspoor教授谈“用动态系统研究方法追踪二语习得进程”

荷兰格罗宁根大学英语系主任Marjolijn Verspoor教授应实验室及外国语言学及应用语言学研究中心邀请,于2017522日下午在八教306教室做题为“用动态系统研究方法追踪二语习得进程”的讲座。



Prof. Marjolijn Verspoor talked about a DUB approach to tracing L2 development and demonstrated its calculations

Dr. Marjolijn Verspoor, Professor of English Language from University of Groningen, was invited by the Bilingual Cognition and Development lab and the Center to give a talk and workshop entitled “A dynamic usage based (DUB) approach to tracing L2 development” on the afternoon of May 22.

Prof. Verspoor started off by illustrating the underlying mechanism of the dynamic system theory with a diagram, which showed concepts like complex adaptive behaviour, emergence and simple self-organized local relationships.The dynamic system could be studied from the marcro, the meso and micro perspectives. She went on depicting the learning process of the word “water” for babies with a TED video clip. The pronunciation of water went through aprocess from the non-meaningful sound of “Gaga” to the sound that similar to adults’, which was a typical example of the principles of the dynamic system.Specifically, there were several dynamic principles in L2 development: 1)initial conditions, corresponding to L1 aptitude and the starting age of learning; 2) iteration, meaning the repetition and frequency of language structures; 3) variability, evidenced by the U-shape language learning curve; 4) self-organization, related to change; 5) emergence, marked by new forms/uses by language learners; 6) phase shifts, corresponding to learning stages; 7)variation, displaying itself in the learning paths; 8) coordination, embodied in the automatization of language usages; 9) attractor states, signifying the entrenchment of those language usages. These principles were then exemplified by some of her researches. Prof. Verspoor then concluded that the L2 development was characterized by non-linearity and that the findings from group studies and individual studies were not interchangeable.

The lecture was followed by a workshop session, in which Prof.Verspoor demonstrated in detail the Monte Carlo analysis on Excel sheets. In the end, she received loud applause for the clear explanation and the sharing of the technique.

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