Dynamical Systems Theory: A New, Interdisciplinary Lingua Franca

By Cory Lyle.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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The purpose of this paper is to track the rise of Dynamical Systems Theory and its correlate, Chaos and Complexity Theory, in the hard sciences and explore their relevance to the humanities in general, using examples from the field of applied linguistics in particular. More specifically, this article (1) discusses the concepts of 'classical determinism', 'reductionism', 'fractals', 'chaos' and 'complexity'; (2) suggests ways that they can be applied in the humanities through interdisciplinary research and innovative methodologies; and (3) calls on humanists to tackle the epistemological ramifications of this new paradigm.

Keywords: Chaos, Complexity, Dynamical Systems, Applied Linguistics

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.47-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 354.319KB).

Dr. Cory Lyle

Instructor of Spanish, French and Linguistics, Department of Modern Languages, School of Humanities, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, USA

Cory Lyle received his MA in French/Romance Linguistics in 2008 and his PhD in Hispanic Linguistics in 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently teaching Linguistics, Spanish and French at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. His research interests include Dynamical Systems Theory, second language acquisition and discourse analysis. His conference presentations include "Tense alternations in L2 French narratives: a reexamination of the Congruence Principle" for Chronos-8: 8th international conference on tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality. His recent publication, "The fractal nature of French tense/aspect acquisition", is due to appear in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Applied Linguistics.