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Communities of Practice in Language Research

A Critical Introduction, 1st Edition

By Brian W. King

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Description

Communities of Practice in Applied Language Research provides an up-to-date and critical introduction to the community of practice framework and how this can be applied to language research. Critiquing and offering alternative suggestions for the ways in which researchers frame research participants as members of communities of practice, with the goal of inspiring use of the CoP model in new areas of research, this book:

• Engages in extended critical analysis of past research as well as questioning recent applications and its limitations;

• Incorporates instructive examples from multiple fields, including Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Critical Discourse Studies, Language Teaching & Learning, Literacy Studies, and a trailblazing section on Language & Digital Media;

• Brings up-to-date the key questions and concerns around the Communities of Practice model, debunking myths and re-emphasizing ongoing challenges.

Communities of Practice in Applied Language Research is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying research methods or undertaking research projects in those areas.

Table of Contents

Author Acknowledgements

Foreword by Janet Holmes

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 – Communities of Practice

Chapter 3 – Language Variation & Change

Chapter 4 – Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Chapter 5 – Language in the Workplace

Chapter 6 – Language Learning

Chapter 7 – Language in the Online/Offline Nexus

Chapter 8 – Conclusion

Appendices

Appendix A – Transcription Conventions

Appendix B – Participant Descriptions

Index

About the Author

Dr. Brian W. King, School of English, The University of Hong Kong

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics