An introduction to applied linguistics: from practice to theory, 2nd Edition

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Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Synopsis As the foundational text in the new series Edinburgh Textbooks in Applied Linguistics, An Introduction to Applied Linguistics: From Practice to Theory is written for three audiences: "first-time students of applied linguistics, people working professionally with language and those generally interested in the relationship between linguistics and applied linguistics.

Davies defines by contrasts: Linguistics reifies language; applied linguistics reifies language practices. Linguistics-driven applied linguistics, linguistics applied, seeks data to support linguistic theory; "it takes for granted that the methods and findings of linguistics are of value to others to solve their problems" p.

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On the contrary, "what applied linguistics does is to illuminate its language encounters by reference to linguistic theories" p. The juxtaposition of the two gerunds in the title of the second chapter, "Doing Being Applied Linguistics," is purposeful, expressing Davies' notion of AL as a problem-solving approach to language in context. Experience precedes theorizing, Davies argues: "Applied linguistics is most usefully defined functionally, by observing what its practitioners do" p.

The chapter is constructed around five case studies in language program evaluation, literacy acquisition, pedagogical grammar, workplace communication, and critical pedagogy.

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Chapter 3, "Language and Language Practice," further illustrates the "applied" nature of AL: "Where the applied linguist starts is with a necessary question, necessary in the sense that it arises as a problem demanding action within the language situation" p. Three problem areas are exemplified: clinical linguistics, language in situation language planning in India , and language and gender "Gender in language therefore is more the concern of the linguist, while language in gender more that of the applied linguist" p.

Chapter 4 addresses the area most often considered the "proper concern" of AL: language learning and teaching. Davies adopts a defensive position against those who may criticize the "wide-ranging eclecticism by the applied linguist," alleging superficiality, lack of a strong theoretical base, and excessive demands on professional preparation p. Don't already have an Oxford Academic account? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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Return to Book Page. In this work, the author aims to show that applied linguistics is better understood by doing it than studying 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-psychol In this work, the author aims to show that applied linguistics is better understood by doing it than studying 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews.

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