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ERIC Number: EJ864017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Individual Differences: Interplay of Learner Characteristics and Learning Environment
Dornyei, Zoltan
Language Learning, v59 ns1 p230-248 Dec 2009
The notion of language as a complex adaptive system has been conceived within an agent-based framework, which highlights the significance of individual-level variation in the characteristics and contextual circumstances of the learner/speaker. Yet, in spite of this emphasis, currently we know relatively little about the interplay among language, agent, and environment in the language acquisition process, which highlights the need for further research in this area. This article is intended to pursue this agenda by discussing four key issues in this respect: (a) conceptualizing the agent, (b) conceptualizing the environment and its relationship to the agent, (c) operationalizing the dynamic relationship among language, agent, and environment, and (d) researching dynamic systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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