Future Research Directions for Applied Linguistics

Edited by: Simone E. Pfenninger, Judit Navracsics

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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 Gabryś-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

This book puts together very important studies using various methods of
applied linguistics, including brain imaging and experimental studies in bilingualism/
multilingualism as well as studies on language ideology, language
acquisition, and language attrition.

Applied Linguistics, Volume 39, Issue 6, December 2018

This is a thought provoking, edited volume, which will appeal to and interest a wide variety of readership, from undergraduate students to scholars.

LINGUIST List 29.925

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.

1. Simone E. Pfenninger and Judit Navracsics: Introduction


2. Kees de Bot: The Future of the Bilingual Advantage

3. Valéria Csépe: The Multilingual Brain – Implications for the Future

4. Judit Navracsics and Gyula Sáry: Phonological and Semantic Awareness of Bilinguals and Second Language Learners - Potential Implications for Second Language Instructors

5. Vincent J. van Heuven: Perception of Checked Vowels by Early and Late Dutch/English Bilinguals - Towards a New Measure of Language Dominance 


6. Simone E. Pfenninger and David Singleton: Recent Advances in Quantitative Methods in Age-Related Research

7. István Csernicskó: Language Policy in Ukraine: The Burdens of the Past and the Possibilities of the Future

8. Lars Bülow and Rüdiger Harnisch: The Reanalysis of -End as Marker for Gender-Sensitive Language Use and What This Implies for the Future Expression of Gender Equality

9. Gyöngyi Fábián: Analytic Framework of the Critical Classroom: Language and Beyond

10. Ulrike Jessner and Valentina Török: Strategies in Multilingual Learning: Opening New Research Avenues


11. Wouter Penris and Marjolijn Verspoor: Academic Writing Development: A Complex, Dynamic Process

12. Kristina Cergol Kovačević: Lessons Learned from the Integration of Findings from Bilingual Identical and Semi-Cognate Processing Studies – Implications for Future Studies

13. Szilvia Bátyi: Some Lessons to be Learnt from Attrition Studies

14. Simone E. Pfenninger and Judit Navracsics: Concluding Thoughts: A Road Map for Future Research in Applied Linguistics

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