New release (2016)
Offers a unique systematic account of the discipline of applied linguistics.
No mere history of applied linguistics, this volume presents a framework for interpreting the development of applied linguistics as a discipline. The framework of design principles it proposes not only helps to explain the historical development of applied linguistics, but also provides a potential justification for solutions to language problems. It presents us with nothing less than an emerging theory of applied linguistics.
This is a book about foundational concepts in linguistics – linguistic “primitives” – that underlie all linguistic theorising.
The analysis begins by considering the expressive character of language, and the various material lingual spheres in which we use language. Then it systematically surveys various elementary linguistic concepts.
The focus then shifts to linguistic conceptualisation that goes “beyond expression”, to consider how we make sense of language in its social context by using notions such as communication, discourse, text and acceptability.
” I know of nothing to rival its penetrating critique of linguistics … The book is worth reading for its evaluation of Chomsky alone.”
–Colin Yallop (2010) in Per Linguam 26(1): 114-115. Free download at: http://perlinguam.journals.ac.za/pub/article/download/17/37
“… an integrative view …” –Willfred Greyling, former Head of the Department of English and Classical Languages, University of the Free State.
” … unveils a domain of reflection that is relevant to every single academic subject.”
–Danie Strauss (2010), Journal for Christian Scholarship 46(1&2).
“… beautifully written and superbly clear…”
–Kerry Hollingsworth, Reformational Publishing Project.
An invitation to those entering the discipline to become intrigued by things lingual.
The framework allows young scholars entering the field to gain an understanding of why and how the discipline is academically sustainable, a perspective that is likely to be useful beyond the shifts in linguistic paradigms that they will no doubt experience in their academic lifetimes.
Applied linguistics has, since its inception, been a discipline in
crisis. It has always been torn between technocracy and revolution How can this stark choice be negotiated?
The argument here: a foundational perspective serves to clarify the source of the dilemma.
See associated slide pack: Straddling three disciplines: Foundational questions for a language department:
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Journal for Christian Scholarship 51(3): 125-141.
Innovation and reciprocity in applied linguistics. Literator 35(1):1-10.
Positivism and postpositivism in applied linguistics. In C.A. Chapelle (ed.). The encyclopedia of applied linguistics Vol. 7, pp. 4479-4485. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Applied linguistics beyond postmodernism Acta Academica 45(4): 236-255.
[Author’s comment 2016/04/25: This article contains an update of “Five generations of applied linguistics” published in 1999. We now identify seven generations.]
Constitutive and regulative conditions for the assessment of academic literacy. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3): 235-251. DOI: 10.2989/SALALS.2009.27.3.3.937.
Towards a responsible agenda for applied linguistics: confessions of a philosopher. Per Linguam 23(2): 29-53. DOI: http://perlinguam.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/54.
The redefinition of applied linguistics: modernist and postmodernist views. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 25(4): 589-605.
Transparency and accountability in applied linguistics. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 24(1): 71-86. DOI: 10.2989/16073610609486407
Towards accountability: a point of orientation for post-modern applied linguistics in the third millennium. Literator 24(1): 1-20.
* Five generations of applied linguistics: some framework issues. Acta Academica 31(1): 77-98.
[* Author’s comment 2016: Currently seven generations! See the updated history in the 2014 article, Applied linguistics beyond postmodernism]: