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1st Edition

Applied Linguistics in the Real World

ISBN 9781138630338
Published February 12, 2019 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

Applied Linguistics in the Real World introduces readers to situations in which applied linguistics can be and is used. Presenting a panoramic view of the interdisciplinary area of applied linguistics and highlighting the diverse range of twenty-first century occupations that have linguistics at their center, this book:

  • Describes, discusses, and furthers the idea that linguistic knowledge is useful everywhere—from forensic investigations to diplomatic talks; from disability studies to creative writing; and from translation studies to machine learning;
  • Breaks new ground, expanding beyond well-established areas of applied-linguistic interest in its inclusion of disability studies, peace studies and the new literature;
  • Provides readers with original research questions and practical applications for them to expand their own research portfolios.

Written in an accessible, direct style, Applied Linguistics in the Real World will be essential reading for all students of applied linguistics and is an important addition to the library of anyone who feels passionate and inspired by language matters.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 – Understanding Applied Linguistics

Chapter 2 – Revisiting Education, Language Acquisition, and Second Language Teaching

Chapter 3 – Applying Linguistics to Disability Studies

Chapter 4 – Profiling World Englishes and Languages of Wider Communication

Chapter 5 – Planning Language

Chapter 6 – Building Bridges and Constructing Meaning in Translation Studies

Chapter 7 – Combining Corpus Linguistics and Computational Linguistics

Chapter 8 – Investigating Through Forensic Linguistics

Chapter 9 – Working on Peace, Diplomacy, and Negotiation

Chapter 10 – Connecting Applied Linguistics and the New Literature

Chapter 11 – Teaching Linguistics to Speech-Language Scientists and Therapists

Chapter 12 - Applied Linguistics, World Englishes, and the "multi" in the Study of Writing

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Patricia Friedrich is a Professor of Rhetoric and Composition/Linguistics at Arizona State University, USA, where she also serves as Associate Dean at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.