Thoughts on the Launching of a New Journal: A Complex Dynamic Systems Perspective

Authors

  • Diane Larsen-Freeman University of Michigan

Keywords:

phenomenological, relational, processual, transdisciplinary

Abstract

The launching of The Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning is a signal achievement. I begin this commentary by speculating on why it is that the Psychology of Language Learning (PLL) has enjoyed such vigor of late. I expect that one reason is the coming together of a critical mass of researchers and strong leaders over their shared interests. A second reason may be that a new way of looking at familiar phenomena was introduced in the form of complex dynamic systems theory (CDST). Building on this supposition, I proceed to recommend extending CDST thinking in some new ways in PLL. These ways are phenomenological, relational, processual, and transdisciplinary. I conclude by urging the PLL community to remain connected with other areas of applied linguistics so that it may continue to contribute to a knowledge-building community.

Published

2019-06-30 — Updated on 2020-07-23

How to Cite

Larsen-Freeman, D. (2020). Thoughts on the Launching of a New Journal: A Complex Dynamic Systems Perspective. JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE LEARNING, 1(1), 67-82. Retrieved from https://jpll.org/index.php/journal/article/view/larsen-freeman

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Section

Research Articles