Applied Linguistics As Social Science / Edition 1

Applied Linguistics As Social Science / Edition 1

by Alison Sealey, Bob Carter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826455204

ISBN-13: 9780826455208

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Applied Linguistics as Social Science surveys the increasingly important dialogue between linguists and social theorists. The book shows how social theory, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics share common concerns, arguing that a social scientific account of applied linguistics is needed to explain the interaction between social structures, human agents and…  See more details below

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Applied Linguistics as Social Science surveys the increasingly important dialogue between linguists and social theorists. The book shows how social theory, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics share common concerns, arguing that a social scientific account of applied linguistics is needed to explain the interaction between social structures, human agents and language. Beginning with an accessible account of key issues in both social theory and applied linguistics, the book draws on contemporary social theory to contextualise language as a social practice. It argues that the social world comprises the activities and interactions of individuals combined with the structural relationships that arise from these activities and interactions, and explores the significance of this for applied linguistics. This perspective enables a fresh and detailed discussion of topics such as language learning, literacy teaching, intercultural communication, English as an international language, and ethnicity and language choice. Written by an applied linguist and a sociologist, the book draws out the implications for social research of viewing language as a social practice, and in so doing presents a persuasive case for regarding applied linguistics as social science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826455208
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Advances in Applied Linguistics Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1Making connections : some key issues in social theory and applied linguistics5
2Sociology and ideas about language34
3Language as a cultural emergent property60
4Researching language learning : theories, evidence, claims85
5Social categories and theoretical descriptions107
6Social domain theory : interpreting intercultural communication128
7Language in the world : properties and powers156
8A social realist approach to research in applied linguistics183

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