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Applied Linguistics

Li Wei (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-34833-8 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 328 Pages



In this complete survey of the theories, methods, and key findings within applied linguistics, students are introduced to core research questions and the various approaches to tackling these.
  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to this interdisciplinary field of research and practice, dealing with practical issues of language and communication
  • Takes a problem-solving approach, introducing students to key research questions and guiding them through the various ways of tackling these
  • Features additional study aids throughout, including chapter outlines, learning objectives, key terms, research questions and answers, study questions, and recommended further readings
  • Enables students to identify every-day language and communication issues, and to draw on their own personal experiences
  • Edited by a leading figure in the field, heading up an experienced and interdisciplinary team of contributors from the renowned department of applied linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London – resulting in unique combination of knowledge, skills, and strength from scholars who teach and research together

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgements ix

1 Introducing Applied Linguistics 1
Li Wei

Part I Language in Development 27

2 First Language Acquisition 29
Zhu Hua

3 Second and Additional Language Acquisition 46
Jean-Marc Dewaele

4 Language and the Brain 69
Marjorie Lorch

Part II Language in Use 89

5 Language in Interaction 91
María Elena Placencia

6 Intercultural Communication 112
Zhu Hua

7 Literacy and Multimodality 130
Li Wei, Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis and Marjorie Lorch

Part III Language in Society 149

8 Language Diversity and Contact 151
Penelope Gardner-Chloros

9 Language, Identity and Power 172
Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis

10 Language Planning and Language Policy 191
Li Wei

Part IV Language in Public Life 211

11 Language Assessment 213
Li Wei

12 Language in Media, Health and Law 228
Malcolm Edwards

13 Translation and Interpreting 245
Malcolm Edwards

Glossary 262

Resources List 270
Li Wei and Zhu Hua

References 285

Index 303

“One of the main objectives of an introductory book should be to provide a springboard for future reading and studies. This book meets this objective, and does so in an amalgamation of work that is enjoyable and easy to read.”  (International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 19 November 2014)