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Where to from Here?

Robert B. Kaplan

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195384253.013.0039

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Where to from Here?

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As noted in the preface, this second edition has undertaken to examine where applied linguistics came from, what it has achieved, and where it might be going. The entire field is, after all, only a bit more than a century old—a relatively inconsequential time span in the context of other disciplines that can legitimately claim millennial histories. Some of the new areas of inquiry promise to require rethinking not only the scope of applied linguistics but even the scope of linguistics itself as well as a number of other subsidiary disciplines. Corpus work although not a new departure—rather, a new way of looking at data augmented by new technological achievements—has demonstrated that the patterns hidden in the syntactic and rhetorical structure of language suggest that some of the widespread beliefs locked in both theory and pedagogy may need to be reexamined.

Keywords: applied linguistics; corpus; millennial histories; subsidiary disciplines; syntactic structure; language structure

Article.  2336 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Acquisition

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