By Alison Sealey, Bob Carter
Applied Linguistics as Social Science surveys the expanding discussion among linguistics and social concept. The ebook indicates how social concept, utilized linguistics and sociolinguistics percentage a collection of universal issues, and the way an research of those to provide a social medical account of utilized linguistics is helping to give an explanation for the interplay among social constructions, human brokers and language. Foreword • creation • Making connections: a few key matters in social thought and utilized linguistics • Sociology and concepts approximately language • Language as a cultural emergent estate • studying language studying: theories, proof, claims • Social different types and theoretical descriptions • Social area idea: studying intercultural communique • Language on the planet: houses and powers • A social realist method of learn in utilized linguistics
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L). Corpus linguistics uses the computer to store and to search very large quantities of language data which have been produced for actual communicative purposes by (usually) large numbers of speakers and/or writers. The corpus known as the Bank of English, for example, includes over 400 million words of running text drawn from newspapers, magazines, fiction and non-fiction books, 23 Applied Linguistics as Social Science brochures, leaflets, reports and letters, as well as transcripts of everyday conversations, meetings, discussions and radio programmes.
Meaning itself becomes an emergent product of social interaction, rather than being simply contained within the object being studied: for instance, the meaning of criminality is not given in the behaviour of people identified by some as 'criminals', but rather is defined by the interaction between those doing the identifying and those being identified. This is an attractively radical notion and it can be applied to querying the meaning of many terms and concepts such as gender, race and ethnicity, deviance, identity and so on (although such application is not without its own methodological difficulties, as we see in Chapter 5).
As particular individuals we confront a world that is not directly produced or constructed by us, but is rather the complex, emergent outcome of the interactions between structural contexts (structure) and ourselves (agency). For the realist, therefore, there may be a divergence between how things are and how people take them to be. This follows logically from the temporal priority given to structures. ) Furthermore our grasp of these structures will necessarily be partial (and for many of us in the case of language remains so), partly because their systemic features may become accessible only to theoretical excavation and partly because of their temporal precedence.
Applied Linguistics as Social Science (Advances in Applied Linguistics) by Alison Sealey, Bob Carter