Uncharted territory: A complex systems approach as an emerging paradigm in applied linguistics

Albert J Weideman


Developing a theory of applied linguistics is a top priority for the discipline today. The emergence of a new paradigm - a complex systems approach - in applied linguistics presents us with a unique opportunity to give prominence to the development of a foundational framework for this design discipline. Far from being a mere philosophical exercise, such a framework will find application in the training and induction of new entrants into the discipline within the developing context of South Africa, as well as internationally.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/25-1-29


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