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
Li Wei is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London. He is editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism, and author and editor of numerous books and articles, including the award-winning The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (with Melissa Moyer, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), Contemporary Applied Linguistics (2 volumes, with Vivian Cook, 2009) and The Routledge Applied Linguistics Reader (2011).
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 Maria 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