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Directions in Applied Linguistics: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Kaplan


reviewed by Christine Epting — January 25, 2006

coverTitle: Directions in Applied Linguistics: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Kaplan
Author(s): Paul Bruthiaux, Dwight Atkinson, William G. Eggington, William Grabe, & Vaidehi Ramanathan (Eds.)
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 185359850X , Pages: 327, Year: 2005
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Defining the field of applied linguistics seems simple enough by looking at its name: Whatever linguistics is, applied linguistics must be the application of the theories of that field.  Unfortunately, it is not that simple.  Applied linguistics as a field of inquiry is diverse and varied.  In truth, it seems sometimes that we define ourselves by what we are not, rather than by a common methodology or focus of inquiry.  Applied linguists employ qualitative and quantitative research designs, some leaning more toward applied and some more toward linguistic.  There is no one method of research and our common interest—language—is so broad as to be unhelpful in defining the scope of our inquiry.     With the field as it is, choosing the topics for a single book about the direction of applied linguistics could be like throwing darts and writing about whatever we randomly hit.  The choice of the sections of Directions... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 25, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12301, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 8:00:26 AM

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  • Christine Epting
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    CHRISTINE EPTING is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include classroom discourse, language socialization, and the acquisition of pragmatics. She has most recently contributed to The Forum in Vol. 5, No. 2, of Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, offering a conversational analytic reading of the transcript under review. Christine is currently working on a paper about framing in family discourse.
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