Research Approaches in Applied Linguistics

Patricia A. Duff

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Research Approaches in Applied Linguistics

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In a field as vast as applied linguistics (AL), representing the range of topics featured in this volume and across the many fascinating subdisciplines in the field, an overview of research approaches must be highly selective. This revised and updated article discusses recent quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches to AL research, especially in the areas of second language learning and education. It also highlights important new ways of conceptualizing, analyzing, and/or representing knowledge about language issues and at the same time embracing new contexts of language learning and use and a wider range of research populations in the twenty-first century. This article further discuses the various research approaches involved in applied linguistics. Contrasting, combining, and expanding paradigms all are taken into consideration and explained in details. Quantitative research is often associated with experiments, surveys, and other research, whereas qualitative research is associated with ethnography, case study, and narrative inquiry in applied linguistics

Keywords: applied linguistics; subdisciplines; qualitative research; surveys; narrative enquiry; ethnography

Article.  6143 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Acquisition

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