3rd Edition

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics

ISBN 9781138290136
Published August 1, 2019 by Routledge
404 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics provides a complete, authoritative and up-to-date overview of the state of the field. Divided into three sections covering: a description of language and language use; essential areas of enquiry; and language skills and assessment, the third edition of this highly successful textbook provides:

• an introductory chapter which familiarises readers with key issues and recurrent themes;

• 17 chapters offering extended surveys of central elements of applied linguistics;

• two brand-new chapters on multilingualism and forensic linguistics;

• re-written chapters on psycholinguistics, language learners, reading and assessment;

• hands-on activities and further reading sections for each chapter, encouraging practical analysis and wider reading;

• revised and updated references for every chapter.

Co-edited by two leading international specialists, with its accessible style, broad coverage and practical focus, this book is ideal for students of applied linguistics, TESOL, and second language pedagogy, as well as practicing teachers and researchers wishing to update their knowledge.

Table of Contents



1 An Overview of Applied Linguistics

Norbert Schmitt and Marianne Celce-Murcia


1 Description of Language and Language Use

2 Grammar

Diane Larsen-Freeman and Jeanette DeCarrico

3 Vocabulary

Paul Nation and Paul Meara

4 Discourse Analysis

Michael McCarthy, Christian Matthiessen and Diana Slade

5 Pragmatics

Helen Spencer-Oatey and Vladimir Žegarac

6 Corpus Linguistics

Randi Reppen and Rita Simpson-Vlach


2 Essential Areas of Enquiry in Applied Linguistics

7 Second Language Acquisition

Nina Spada and Patsy M. Lightbown

8 Psycholinguistics

Emily Mech, Andrea Takahesu-Tabori, Judith F. Kroll and Kees de Bot

9 Sociolinguistics

Carmen Llamas and Peter Stockwell

10 Focus on the Language Learner: Styles, Strategies and Motivation

Andrew D. Cohen and Alastair Henry

11 Forensic Linguistics and Language and the Law

Tatiana Tkacukova

12 Multilingualism

Shelley Taylor


3 Language Skills and Assessment

13 Listening

Tony Lynch and David Mendelsohn

14 Speaking and Pronunciation

Anne Burns and Barbara Seidlhofer

15 Reading

Xiangying Jiang, William Grabe and Patricia L. Carrell

16 Writing

Paul Kei Matsuda and Tony Silva

17 Assessment

Carol A. Chapelle, Benjamin Kremmel and Geoff Brindley

18 Suggested Solutions




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Norbert Schmitt is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has taught in the areas of vocabulary studies, applied linguistics, SLA and TESOL methodology. He has published extensively, is a regular presenter at applied linguistics conferences, and travels widely consulting and teaching on vocabulary issues.

Michael P.H. Rodgers is Assistant Professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, where he teaches TESOL methodology and SLA theory. His research interests include vocabulary acquisition and language learning through television.

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"An Introduction to Applied Linguistics is essential reading for newcomers and established scholars alike. The third edition builds upon the success of previous editions, providing authoritative updates to scholarship in critical areas,  and including new chapters on multilingualism and forensic linguistics. Highly recommended!"

Sara T. Cushing, Georgia State University, USA