Directions in Applied Linguistics: Essays in Honor of Robert by Paul Bruthiaux, Dwight Atkinson, William Eggington

By Paul Bruthiaux, Dwight Atkinson, William Eggington

The essays and examine papers during this assortment discover present matters in Language schooling, English for tutorial reasons, Contrastive Discourse research, and Language coverage and making plans, and description promising instructions for conception and perform in utilized linguistics. the gathering additionally honours the life-long contribution of Robert B. Kaplan to the sphere.

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To their theoretical models and descriptions, they added strong advocacy of specific language policies, and attempted to influence the governments and supranational bodies into recognizing these rights and adopt different policies. A few of those who work on linguistic rights are lawyers rather than linguists – such as Del Valle (2003), but most in this category combine advocacy and scholarship. Protectors of endangered languages A related but generally separate category is made up of those scholars who, commonly as a result of studying and describing smaller indigenous languages, have become involved in efforts to resist language shift and maintain these languages.

And you cannot see them as they really are. Here, we come to the third point about interdisciplinary collaboration: it necessarily takes place at a level of abstraction far removed from what the folk experience in the practical domains of the real world. When we are concerned with linguistics, hyphenated or not, what is abstracted from this reality has to be referred back to it to provide empirical substantiation. This reality is transformed into language data that is drawn upon selectively to serve as evidence for theoretical or descriptive statements.

But it is also the case, less obviously, with linguistic descriptions that claim a closer involvement with how language actually functions in use. Thus, as we have noted, corpus linguistics claims to describe the actual facts of real language. But what is presented is an analysis of the language usage that folk produce in the pragmatic process of social interaction, and this is not at all the same as the process itself. The concordance is an analytic construct and as such is no closer than constituent analysis to what the folk actually experience as language (for further discussion, see Widdowson, 2000a, 2003).

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