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The Handbook of Applied Linguistics is a collection of newly commissioned articles that provide a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the field of Applied Linguistics.

  • Provides a comprehensive and current picture of the field of Applied Linguistics.
  • Contains 32 newly commissioned articles that examine both the applications of linguistics to language data and the use of real world language to ameliorate social problems.
  • Valuable resource for students and researchers in applied linguistics, language teaching, and second language acquisition.
  • Presents applied linguistics as an independent discipline that unifies practical experience and theoretical understanding of language development and language in use.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Handsomely produced, and very attractive visually. The editors, Alan Davies and Catherine Elder, are leading experts in applied linguistics and they have assembled a strong group of contributors to the enterprise… The Handbook of Applied Linguistics should be in every academic library, and I would recommend that applied linguists look at it, note specific chapters of interest, and read over those chapters carefully… Because of the depth allowed for each chapter, there is much thought-provoking material and many ideas that may challenge as well as support established positions.” Language Teaching Research

“In the vast quarry of theories and interdisciplinary investigations of applied linguistics this rigorous and scholarly book is an authoritative guide to the focal issues. It provides both original and important contributions to the literature as well as signposts to the future.” John C. Maher, International Christian University, Tokyo

“In its forty years of activity, applied linguistics has been concerned to define itself, its extent, and its relations with related fields. This handbook, edited by Davies and Catherine Elder, brings the issues up-to-date, providing not just a clear account of current work in the branches of the field by thirty of the best-known practitioners, but a cogent perspective justifying treating applied linguistics as an independent and united discipline.” Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University

“This is a linguistically sophisticated, pedagogically sound, research oriented, interdisciplinary approach at defining applied linguistics as a discipline in its own right that should be in every applied linguist's library. A vade mecum.” James E. Alatis, Georgetown University

“Davies and Elder are to be congratulated for the Handbook in Applied Linguistics. The handbook reflects the historical evolution of thinking in applied linguistics, its emerging dimensions, and successfully captures the nature of an internal critique of applied linguistics within applied linguistics. Because applied linguistics is firmly embedded within western applied linguistics, the handbook book forces us to reflect on the nature non-western applied linguistics might take.” Sinfree Makoni, Pennsylvania State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405138093
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series, #32
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Davies is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include Principles of Language Testing (1990), An Introduction to Applied Linguistics (1999), and The Native Speaker: Myth and Reality (2003).

Catherine Elder is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the author, with Alan Davies et al., of the Dictionary of Language Testing (1999) and co-editor of Experimenting with Uncertainty (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Notes on Contributors.


General Introduction. Applied Linguistics. Subject to Discipline? (Alan Davies and Catherine Elder).

Part I. Linguistics-Applied (L-A).

Introduction to Part 1. (Alan Davies).

Section 1.

1. Language Descriptions. (Antony .J.Liddicoat and T.J.Curnow).

2. Lexicography. (Alan Kirkness).

Section 2.

3. Second Language Acquisition and Ultimate Attainment. (David Birdsong).

4. Language Corpora. (Mike Stubbs).

5. Discourse Analysis. (Hugh Trappes-Lomax).

6. British Sign Language. (Rachel Sutton-Spence and Bencie Wol ).

7. Assessing Language Attitudes: Speaker Evaluation Studies.(Howard Giles and Antony L. Billings).

8. Language Attrition. (Monika S. Schmid and Kees de Bot).

9. Language, Thought, and Culture. (Claire Kramsch ).

10. Conversation Analysis. (Rod Gardner).

Section 4.

11. Language and the Law. (John Gibbons).

12. Language and Gender. (Susan Ehrlich).

13. Stylistics. (John McRae and Urzula Clark).

Section 5.

14. Language and Politics. (John E. Joseph).

15. World Englishes. (Kingsley Bolton).

Section 6.

16. The Philosophy of Applied Linguistics. (Kanavillil Rajagopalan ).

Part II. Applied-Linguistics (A-L).

Introduction to Part II. (Catherine Elder).

17. The Native Speaker in Applied Linguistics. (Alan Davies).

18. Language Minorities. (John Edwards).

19. Research Methods for Applied Linguistics. Scope, Characteristics, and Standards. (James Dean Brown).

Section 8.

20. Second Language Learning. (William Littlewood).

21. Individual Differences in Second Language Learning. (Rod Ellis).

22. Social Influences on Language Learning. (Gary Barkhuizen).

23. Literacy Studies. (Eddie Williams).

Section 9.

24. Fashions in Language Teaching Methodology. (Bob Adamson).

25. Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). (Paul Gruba).

26. Language Teacher Education. (Richard Johnstone).

27. The Practice of LSP. (Helen Basturkmen and Catherine Elder).

28. Bilingual Education.( Heather Lotherington).

Section 10.

29. Language Maintenance. (Anne Pauwels).

30. Language Planning as Applied Linguistics. (Joseph Lo Bianco).

31. Language Testing. (Tim McNamara).

Section 11.

32. Critical Applied Linguistics. (Alastair Pennycook).


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