A Festschrift has just been published in honor of Professor Emerita Diane Larsen-Freeman. Diane is a Professor Emerita of the School of Education and the Department of Linguistics. The Festschrift, Complexity Theory and Language Development In Celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman, was published by John Benjamins Publishing Company. It was edited by Professor Lourdes Ortega (Georgetown University) and Professor ZhaoHong Han (Columbia University).
This volume is both a state-of-the-art display of current thinking on second language development as a complex system. It is also a tribute to Diane Larsen-Freeman for her decades of intellectual leadership in the academic disciplines of applied linguistics and second language acquisition. The chapters therein range from theoretical expositions to methodological analyses, pedagogical proposals, and conceptual frameworks for future research. In a balanced and in-depth manner, the authors provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of second language development, with a wealth of insights that promise to break the status-quo of current research and take it to exciting new territory. The book will appeal to both seasoned and novice researchers in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognitive psychology, and education, as well as to practitioners in second or foreign language teaching of any language.