This edited volume provides an overview of current thinking and directions for further research in applied linguistics by bringing together in a single volume a range of perspectives regarding original research agendas and innovative methodological approaches. It focuses not only on the challenges that applied linguistics researchers have been facing in recent years but also on producing workable and productive research designs and on identifying ways of how alternatives to conventional research methodologies can be used. Discussions featured in the volume include the so-called ‘Bilingual Advantage’ in psycho- and neurolinguistics; the optimal starting age debate in foreign language learning; the growing interest among applied linguists in more nuanced and more complex (statistical) data analysis and the priority given to more descriptive and social approaches to linguistics rather than to theorising. The collection will be a useful reference and stimulus for students, researchers and professionals working in the areas of applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition and second language education.
This is a timely collection of chapters by well-known scholars, in which an innovative research agenda and approach to applied linguistics are proposed, emphasizing its multidisciplinary character. I believe it is essential reading for all who are interested in the most recent developments in understanding what applied linguistics is and where it is going.
- Danuta Gabrys-Barker, University of Silesia, Poland
This eclectic volume offers valuable insights on a range of applied linguistic issues, with a strong focus on research methodologies, including psychological, neurolinguistic, and dynamic systems modelling. It is refreshingly multinational, and presents studies on several less-researched languages. Directions for future research are highlighted on topics ranging from age to language policy, with a strong section on bilingualism.
- Norbert Schmitt, University of Nottingham, UK
It’s hard to predict the future in any domain but the contributors in the present volume are well placed to help shape research in applied linguistics, which makes their analyses, predictions and suggestions a rich source of inspiration for researchers around the world.
- Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Simone E. Pfenninger is Assistant Professor of Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Her research interests include multilingualism, psycholinguistics and the age factor in SLA, especially in regard to quantitative approaches and statistical methods and techniques for language application in education.
Judit Navracsics is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Her research interests are bi- and multilingual development in early childhood, the bilingual mental lexicon and bilingual processing.