1st Edition

Sublating Second Language Research and Practices Contribution from the Hegelian Perspective

By Manfred Man-fat Wu Copyright 2023
    230 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Wu’s book provides an innovative perspective on, and recommendations for, the major aspects of second language (L2) teaching from a Hegelian anthro-philosophical perspective.

    Language is social in nature and is related to the larger social milieu. Hegelian philosophy of language complements existing research and theories on L2 learning by not only equipping them with a systematic framework but also broadening their scope. In Hegelian philosophy, language not only has its individual and interpersonal dimensions but is also related to the community, society, and morality. The Hegelian perspective also suggests a number of functions of L2 which have either been neglected or rejected by L2 researchers. This book highlights these neglected elements such as intersubjectivity, mutual recognition, universalization and objectivization of inner subjectivity of individuals, as well as moral enhancement. These concepts generate insights on the teaching and learning of L2. Wu’s volume also covers how the Hegelian anthro-philosophical perspective can help to re-interpret research results on L2 learner characteristics that are related to L2 learning to date such as L2 identity and autonomy.

    The book offers an alternative research paradigm, teaching philosophy, pedagogical implications, and suggestions for scholars, practitioners, and students in the professional field of L2 teaching.

    Section I: Ontology  1. Background and Theoretical Basis  Section II: Epistemology and Critiques  2. Conventional Language Skills – The Spoken Form  3. Conventional Language Skills – The Written Form  4. Language Forms  5. Selected L2 Learner Characteristics  6. Innovative Uses of L2 Learning  Section III: Conclusion and Praxis  7. Conclusion, Recommendations, and Future Challenges


    Manfred Man-fat Wu, EdD, is affiliated with the Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education, School of Open Learning, Hong Kong Metropolitan University. His publications are mainly on Hegel covering topics such as language learning, aesthetics, mental illness, and education.

    “This is an excellent review of Hegel's views on language with which the author(s) have developed a very useful framework, especially when long neglected philosophical considerations in the field of second language education are gaining more interest.”

    Professor Douglas Fleming, University of Ottawa, Canada