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Applied Linguistics as Social Science by Alison Sealey, Bob Carter

Applied Linguistics as Social Science


Part of the Advances in Applied Linguistics Series


Applied Linguistics as Social Science by Alison Sealey, Bob Carter

Applied Linguistics as Social Science surveys the increasing dialogue between linguistics and social theory. The book shows how social theory, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics share a set of common concerns, and how an analysis of these to produce a social scientific account of applied linguistics helps to explain the interaction between social structures, human agents and language. Foreword Introduction Making connections: some key issues in social theory and applied linguistics Sociology and ideas about language Language as a cultural emergent property Researching language learning: theories, evidence, claims Social categories and theoretical descriptions Social domain theory: interpreting intercultural communication Language in the world: properties and powers A social realist approach to research in applied linguistics .


Sealey and Carter should be congratulated for bridging disciplinary boundaries and attempting to provide a sociological and linguistic theory for everyone. Applied Linguistics as Social Science will come as a welcome addition to the literature of social/linguistic theory for both social scientists and applied linguists. The Linguist List, February 2005--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Alison Sealey is Senior Lecturer in Modern English Language at the University of Birmingham. Bob Carter is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick.

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Publication date

1st May 2004


Alison Sealey, Bob Carter

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


256 pages





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