ELF Research Methods and Approaches to Data and Analyses: Theoretical and Methodological Underpinnings, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

ELF Research Methods and Approaches to Data and Analyses

Theoretical and Methodological Underpinnings, 1st Edition

Edited by Kumiko Murata


312 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367898793
pub: 2020-07-03
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This book systematically explores and discusses English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) research methods frequently deployed by ELF researchers in analysing their data.

It covers mainly three different approaches: corpus-based, both written and spoken, conversation analytic and narrative approaches. In addition to exploring these different approaches to ELF data, the volume also introduces case studies that utilise them in analysing data in both academic and workplace settings, which facilitates not only the understanding of the ways in which research is conducted but also its findings. Furthermore, the book discusses theoretical underpinnings of ELF research and its recent development in its first part. It is comprehensive both in understanding theory and exploring research methods which can be deployed in conducting ELF research.

The book, therefore, will be of great interest and use for both ELF researchers and educators as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students who are about to embark on their ELF and ELF-related research, and also to those who are new to the field.

Table of Contents

1. ELF Research Methods and Different Approaches to Data and Analyses: Introduction

Kumiko Murata

Part 1: ELF Research: Some Theoretical Underpinnings and Development

2. Research Perspectives on ELF: Linguistic Usage and Communicative Use

Henry Widdowson

3. Researching ELF Communication: Focus on High-stake Encounters

Barbara Seidlhofer

4. ELF and Translanguaging: Covert and Overt Resources in a Transnational Workplace

Alessia Cogo

Part 2: Spoken and Written Corpora in ELF Research

5. Good Texts in Nonstandard English: ELF and Academic Writing

Anna Mauranen

6. Exploring Diachronic Changes in Research Articles from an ELF Perspective: A Small Corpus Study

Sayoko Maswana

7. Tracing the Emergence of Multilingual Practices in a BELF Meeting: Micro-diachronic Analysis and Implications of Corpus Design

Marie-Luise Pitzl

8. Asian Corpus of English (ACE): Features and Applications

Lixun Wang

9. Interpersonal Formulaic Sequences in ELF Academic Lectures: Methodological Challenges

Ying Wang

Part 3: Conversation Analytic Approaches to ELF Interactions

10. Applying Conversation Analysis to ELF Interaction Data

Jagdish Kaur

11. Analysing Multilingual/Lingua Franca Interactions using Conversation Analysis: Notes on Transcription and Representability

Kaisa Pietikäinen

12. Accounting for Asymmetries in ELF Interactions: Three Disparate Asian Settings

Alan Thompson

Part 4: Narrative Approaches in ELF Research: Exploring Attitudes Towards ELF

13. ‘Place-reflexivity’ as an Imaginary Kaleidoscope to Explore Methodological Issues in Elf Research

Masuko Miyahara

14. Understanding the ELF Phenomenon through Narrative Inquiry: A Diary Study on Identities of Japanese ELF Users

Yoko Nogami

15. Rigour in ELF Language Attitude Research: An Example of Conversational Interview Study

Tomokazu Ishikawa

About the Editor

Kumiko Murata is a Professor in the School of Education & Graduate School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts & Sciences, Waseda University, Japan.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Language Education

The Routledge Research in Language Education series provides a platform for established and emerging scholars to present their latest research and discuss key issues in Language Education. This series welcomes books on all areas of language teaching and learning, including but not limited to language education policy and politics, multilingualism, literacy, L1, L2 or foreign language acquisition, curriculum, classroom practice, pedagogy, teaching materials, and language teacher education and development. Books in the series are not limited to the discussion of the teaching and learning of English only.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General