1st Edition

Applied Linguistics Methods: A Reader

Edited By Caroline Coffin, Theresa Lillis, Kieran O'Halloran Copyright 2009
    288 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Applied Linguistics Methods: A Reader presents the student with three contemporary approaches for investigating text, practices and contexts in which language-related problems are implicated. Divided into three parts, the reader focuses in turn on the different approaches, showing how each is relevant to addressing real world problems, including those relating to contemporary educational practices.

    Part One introduces the reader to Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) as an approach particularly well suited to the description of language and language-related problems in social contexts.

    Part Two examines Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as a means of uncovering the relationships between language use, power and ideology.

    Part Three presents Ethnography (and linguistic ethnography) as a methodology for observing the use and significance of language in real-life events as they unfold.

    The editors’ general introduction introduces the student to the tools of SFL, CDA and ethnography and explains how the three approaches each offer distinct as well as, in some cases, complementary perspectives on language in use. Each part is made up of one classic theoretical reading, one cutting-edge theoretical reading, and three problem-oriented readings and includes an introduction, which provides synopses of the individual readings making the book highly usable on courses.

    Applied Linguistics Methods: A Reader is key reading for advanced level undergraduates and postgraduates on Applied Linguistics, English Language, and TESOL/TEFL courses.


    Part One: Systemic Functional Linguistics

    Introduction to Part One

    1. Language, register and genre

    J.R. Martin

    2. Online newspapers: evolving genres and evolving theory

    John S. Knox

    3. The "Processes" of learning: On the use of Halliday’s transitivity in academic skills advising

    Tim Moore

    4. Acquired language disorders: Some functional insights

    Elizabeth Armstrong, Alison Ferguson, Lynne Mortensen and Leanne Togher

    5. Translation error analysis: A systemic functional grammar approach

    Mira Kim

    Part Two: Critical Discourse Analysis

    Introduction to Part Two

    6. Critical Discourse Analysis in action

    N. Fairclough and Ruth Wodak

    7. The role of appraisal and corpora in detecting covert evaluation

    Caroline Coffin and Kieran O’Halloran

    8. Towards intervention in positive discourse analysis

    Tom Bartlett

    9. Highlighting hybridity: A critical discourse analysis of teacher talk in science classrooms

    Mary U. Hanrahan

    10.Text, context, pretext: Critical issues in discourse analysis

    H.G. Widdowson

    Part Three: Ethnography

    Introduction to Part Three

    11. Text and context

    Jan Blommaert

    12. Adopting an ethnographic perspective in research and pedagogy

    Brian Street

    13. Ethnographic studies and adult literacy and policy in South Africa

    Catherine Kell

    14. Linguistic ethnography, interactional sociolinguistics and the study of identities

    Ben Rampton

    15.Discourse, critique and ethnography: class-oriented coding in accounts of child protection

    Stef Slembrouck


    Caroline Coffin, Theresa Lillis, Kieran O'Halloran

    'This book distils into a single volume the rich traditions of Systemic Functional Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis and Ethnography to show how language analysis can be applied to a wide range of real-world issues. It offers graduate students and researchers a useful guide to help them navigate and appreciate the diverse, ever expanding and exciting landscape of Applied Linguistics.' -Peter Teo, National Institute of Education, Singapore

    'Applied Linguistics Methods provides a rich resource of readings from key researchers and theorists in the discipline. It incorporates different theoretical orientations, methodological approaches and social domains, yet achieves an overall coherence through section introductions and the sequencing of chapters. Importantly, differences in theory or approach are presented as potentially complementary. The book will be of great value to post-graduate students in applied linguistics.' - Susan Hood, University of Technology, Sydney