The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics

The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics

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The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics serves as an introduction and reference point to key areas in the field of applied linguistics.

The five sections of the volume encompass a wide range of topics from a variety of perspectives:

applied linguistics in action
language learning, language education
language, culture and identity
perspectives on language in use
descriptions of language for applied linguistics.

The forty-seven chapters connect knowledge about language to decision-making in the real world. The volume as a whole highlights the role of applied linguistics, which is to make insights drawn from language study relevant to such decision-making.

The chapters are written by specialists from around the world. Each one provides an overview of the history of the topic, the main current issues and possible future trajectory. Where appropriate, authors discuss the impact and use of new technology in the area. Suggestions for further reading are provided with every chapter. The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics is an essential purchase for postgraduate students of applied linguistics.

Editorial board: Ronald Carter, Guy Cook, Diane Larsen-Freeman and Amy Tsui.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 732 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 45.72mm | 1,247g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 2 Tables, black and white
  • 0415658152
  • 9780415658157
  • 537,227

Table of contents


Introduction: Applied linguistics in the contemporary world

James Simpson

Section 1. Applied linguistics in action

Language policy and planning

Lionel Wee

Business communication

Vijay Bhatia and Aditi Bhatia

Translation and interpreting

Mona Baker and Luis Perez-Gonzalez


Thierry Fontenelle

The media

Anne O'Keeffe

Institutional discourse

Celia Roberts

Medical communication

Sarah Collins, Sarah Peters and Ian Watt

Clinical linguistics

Michael Perkins and Sara Howard

Language and ageing

Kees de Bot and Nienke van der Hoeven

Forensic linguistics

Frances Rock

Section 2. Language learning, language education

Key concepts in language learning and language education

Diane Larsen-Freeman

Second language acquisition

Lourdes Ortega

Language teaching methodology

Scott Thornbury

Technology and language learning

Richard Kern

Language teacher education

Simon Borg

Bilingual education

Ingrid Gogolin

English for academic purposes

Nigel Harwood and Bojana Petric

Language testing

Barry O'Sullivan

Classroom discourse

Amy Tsui

Language socialisation

Agnes He

Section 3. Language, culture and identity


Claire Kramsch


Bonny Norton


Judith Baxter


Roxy Harris

Sign languages

Bencie Woll and Rachel Sutton-Spence

World Englishes

Andy Kirkpatrick and David Deterding

Linguistic imperialism

Suresh Canagarajah and Selim Ben Said


Jasone Cenoz and Durk Gorter

Language and migration

Mike Baynham

Section 4. Perspectives on language in use

Discourse analysis

Guy Cook

Critical discourse analysis

Kieran O'Halloran


Elisabeth Ahlsen


John Field

Sociocultural and cultural-historical theories of language development

Steven L. Thorne and Thomas Tasker


Carmen Llamas

Linguistic ethnography

Janet Maybin and Karin Tusting


Doris S. Warriner


Elena Semino

Section 5. Descriptions of language for applied linguistics


Michael Swan


Joe Barcroft, Norbert Schmitt and Gretchen Sunderman

Phonetics and phonology

Helen Fraser

Corpus linguistics

Svenja Adolphs and Phoebe Lin

Cognitive linguistics

Hans-Joerg Schmid and Friedrich Ungerer

Systemic functional linguistics

Lynne Young

Generative grammar

Shigenori Wakabayashi

The emergence of language as a complex adaptive system

Nick C. Ellis


Theo van Leeuwen

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Review quote

"This is a superb collection of chapters that illustrates the robustness of applied linguistics. The volume coherently documents the fact that the field has come a long way since its early focus on the teaching and learning of languages beyond the first. Anyone interested in understanding the scope of applied linguistics at the start of the 21st century would do well to consult this work." - James P. Lantolf, Penn State University, USA

"An amazingly broad and comprehensive account of the diverse areas that make up Applied Linguistics today, giving both their history and up-to-date accounts of their state. Students and researchers will be reminded of the richness and complexity of the discipline.They will find it a useful source of information on a wide variety of topics." - Vivian Cook, University of Newcastle, UK

" authoritative and worthwhile addition to the general literature on applied linguistics." - Jinrui Li, University of Waikato
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About James Simpson

James Simpson is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leeds.
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