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The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics

1st Edition

Edited by James Simpson


732 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics serves as an introduction and reference point to key areas in the field of applied linguistics.

The five sections of the volume encompass a wide range of topics from a variety of perspectives:

  • applied linguistics in action
  • language learning, language education
  • language, culture and identity
  • perspectives on language in use
  • descriptions of language for applied linguistics.

The forty-seven chapters connect knowledge about language to decision-making in the real world. The volume as a whole highlights the role of applied linguistics, which is to make insights drawn from language study relevant to such decision-making.

The chapters are written by specialists from around the world. Each one provides an overview of the history of the topic, the main current issues and possible future trajectory. Where appropriate, authors discuss the impact and use of new technology in the area. Suggestions for further reading are provided with every chapter. The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics is an essential purchase for postgraduate students of applied linguistics.

Editorial board: Ronald Carter, Guy Cook, Diane Larsen-Freeman and Amy Tsui.


"This is a superb collection of chapters that illustrates the robustness of applied linguistics. The volume coherently documents the fact that the field has come a long way since its early focus on the teaching and learning of languages beyond the first. Anyone interested in understanding the scope of applied linguistics at the start of the 21st century would do well to consult this work." - James P. Lantolf, Penn State University, USA

"An amazingly broad and comprehensive account of the diverse areas that make up Applied Linguistics today, giving both their history and up-to-date accounts of their state. Students and researchers will be reminded of the richness and complexity of the discipline.They will find it a useful source of information on a wide variety of topics." - Vivian Cook, University of Newcastle, UK

"…an authoritative and worthwhile addition to the general literature on applied linguistics." - Jinrui Li, University of Waikato

Table of Contents



Introduction: Applied linguistics in the contemporary world

James Simpson


Section 1. Applied linguistics in action


Language policy and planning

Lionel Wee


Business communication

Vijay Bhatia and Aditi Bhatia


Translation and interpreting

Mona Baker and Luis Pérez-González



Thierry Fontenelle


The media

Anne O’Keeffe


Institutional discourse

Celia Roberts


Medical communication

Sarah Collins, Sarah Peters and Ian Watt


Clinical linguistics

Michael Perkins and Sara Howard


Language and ageing

Kees de Bot and Nienke van der Hoeven


Forensic linguistics

Frances Rock


Section 2. Language learning, language education


Key concepts in language learning and language education

Diane Larsen-Freeman


Second language acquisition

Lourdes Ortega


Language teaching methodology

Scott Thornbury


Technology and language learning

Richard Kern


Language teacher education

Simon Borg


Bilingual education

Ingrid Gogolin


English for academic purposes

Nigel Harwood and Bojana Petrić


Language testing

Barry O’Sullivan


Classroom discourse

Amy Tsui


Language socialisation

Agnes He


Section 3. Language, culture and identity



Claire Kramsch



Bonny Norton



Judith Baxter



Roxy Harris


Sign languages

Bencie Woll and Rachel Sutton-Spence


World Englishes

Andy Kirkpatrick and David Deterding


Linguistic imperialism

Suresh Canagarajah and Selim Ben Said



Jasone Cenoz and Durk Gorter


Language and migration

Mike Baynham


Section 4. Perspectives on language in use


Discourse analysis

Guy Cook


Critical discourse analysis

Kieran O’Halloran



Elisabeth Ahlsén



John Field


Sociocultural and cultural-historical theories of language development

Steven L. Thorne and Thomas Tasker



Carmen Llamas


Linguistic ethnography

Janet Maybin and Karin Tusting



Doris S. Warriner



Elena Semino


Section 5. Descriptions of language for applied linguistics



Michael Swan



Joe Barcroft, Norbert Schmitt and Gretchen Sunderman


Phonetics and phonology

Helen Fraser


Corpus linguistics

Svenja Adolphs and Phoebe Lin


Cognitive linguistics

Hans-Jörg Schmid and Friedrich Ungerer


Systemic functional linguistics

Lynne Young


Generative grammar

Shigenori Wakabayashi


The emergence of language as a complex adaptive system

Nick C. Ellis



Theo van Leeuwen



About the Editor

James Simpson is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leeds.

About the Series

Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics

Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics provide comprehensive overviews of the key topics in applied linguistics. All entries for the handbooks are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics are the ideal resource for both advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals