A History of Applied Linguistics: From 1980 to the present

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Routledge, Mar 5, 2015 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 154 pages

This book provides one perspective on how Applied Linguistics has been defined and how the field of Applied Linguistics has developed over the last 30 years. The author addresses themes like why formal linguistic theories lost so much ground and how the interest in more socially oriented approaches grew? He also addresses the impact of Applied Linguistics on language teaching.

Adopting a theme-based approach, the structure of this book is largely defined by the topics covered in interviews with 40 leading international figures selected by the author including Rod Ellis, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Susan Gass, Henry Widdowson, Suresh Canagarajah and Claire Kramsch. These data are supplemented by questionnaires from a further fifty applied linguists, also selected by the author. This will be of interest to anyone studying or researching Applied Linguistics and will also be relevant to those in the related area of English Language Teaching.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The informants
8
3 Defining AL
25
4 The leaders
36
5 Most important articles and books in AL
50
theoretical and methodological aspects
57
psycholinguistic sociolinguistic and educational aspects
73
the dynamic turn
87
9 The citation game
106
10 The impact of applied linguistic research on language learning and teaching
122
11 Concluding remarks
133
the questionnaire
140
definitions of AL from AILA and AAAL
141
index and total number of citations
142
Index
145
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About the author (2015)

Kees de Bot is Chair of Applied Linguistics and head of department at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is the co-author of many titles including Second Language Acquisition (Routledge, 2005) and the co-editor of Language Development Over the Lifespan (Routledge, 2009).

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