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This new textbook provides coverage of many of the most important areas within applied linguistics. Each chapter is written by two experts from different continents or research paradigms, ensuring that coverage is both comprehensive and evenly balanced. Each chapter offers an up-to-date, broad overview, with an analysis section at the end which will allow readers some "hands-on" experience working with data typical of the area.
It is a book that deals with different fields of applied linguistics, such as language teaching, language testing, lexicography, translation, etc.
This second edition of the foundational textbook An Introduction to Applied Linguistics provides a state-of-the-art account of contemporary applied linguistics. The kinds of language problems of interest to applied linguists are discussed and a distinction drawn between the different research approach taken by theoretical linguists and by applied linguists to what seem to be the same problems. Professor Davies describes a variety of projects which illustrate the interests of the field and highlight the marriage it offers between practical experience and theoretical understanding. The increasing emphasis of applied linguistics on ethicality is linked to the growth of professionalism and to the concern for accountability, manifested in the widening emphasis on critical stances. This, Davies argues, is at its most acute in the tension between giving advice as the outcome of research and taking political action in order to change a situation which, it is claimed, needs ameliorisation. This dilemma is not confined to applied linguistics and may now be endemic in the applied disciplines.
Language and language problems affect us all and are an integral part of our social experience. Alan Davies takes this premise as his starting point and proceeds to argue that, rather than simply studying or reading about it, applied linguistics is best understood in practice. In the process of setting this practical outlook against the historical background and changing public needs and competing ideologies, Davies demonstrates how theory can be derived.
Shortlisted for the BAAL Book Prize 2000Language and language problems affect all of us and are an integral part of our social experience. In An Introduction to Applied Linguistics, Professor Davies takes this simple fact as his starting point and sets out to show that applied linguistics is better understood by doing it than studying it or reading about it. Beginning with the history and definitions of applied linguistics, he then looks at the full spectrum of 'institutional' and 'non-institutional' uses of language, spanning not only language learning and teaching but also language as a socio-psychological phenomenon. Whilst setting this practical outlook against the historical background of changing public needs and competing ideologies, Davies shows that a theory can be derived. For first-time students of applied linguistics, people working professionally with language and those generally interested in the relationship between linguistics and applied linguistics, this book provides an excellent introduction to the problems and issues that will arise.* Introductory text and the foundation volume for the series* Emphasis on the importance of experience* Contains examples of applied linguistics in language teaching and othersettings* Exercises and demonstrated examples included
Understanding and addressing linguistic disadvantage must be a central facet of the social justice agenda of our time. This book explores the ways in which linguistic diversity mediates social justice in liberal democracies undergoing rapid change due to high levels of migration and economic globalization. Focusing on the linguistic dimensions of economic inequality, cultural domination and imparity of political participation, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice employs a case-study approach to real-world instances of linguistic injustice. Linguistic diversity is a universal characteristic of human language but linguistic diversity is rarely neutral; rather it is accompanied by linguistic stratification and linguistic subordination. Domains critical to social justice include employment, education, and community participation. The book offers a detailed examination of the connection between linguistic diversity and inequality in these specific contexts within nation states that are organized as liberal democracies. Inequalities exist not only between individuals and groups within a state but also between states. Therefore, the book also explores the role of linguistic diversity in global injustice with a particular focus on the spread of English as a global language. While much of the analysis in this book focuses on language as a means of exclusion, discrimination and disadvantage, the concluding chapter asks what the content of linguistic justice might be.

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