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Imposed unity, denied diversity: changing attitudes to artifice in language and learning

Cook, Guy (2002). Imposed unity, denied diversity: changing attitudes to artifice in language and learning. In: Spelman-Miller, Kristyan and Thompson, Paul eds. Unity and Diversity in Language Use. British Studies in Applied Linguistics. London: BAAL in association with Continuum, pp. 183–197.

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Abstract

About the book: The papers in this collection, drawn from the 34th Annual Conference of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, reflect diversity of approach within the field of applied linguistics at the start of the twenty-first century. While addressing the theme of unity and diversity from a range of perspectives, each paper prompts critical reflection on tensions within the discipline between stability and change, consensus and controversy, similarity and variation. The interpretation of language use is broad and varied, taking both macro and micro perspectives. Topics addressed range from issues of global communication in a world of shifting demographies and technological advances, to analysis of specific contexts of interaction, both professional and personal. Contexts of language use frequently coincide with settings of language acquisition, both within and beyond the language classroom, and this opens up discussion of the focus, scope and appropriateness of research stances in applied linguistics and practices in language pedagogy. Furthermore, variation is considered from a number of social-cultural, gender-related, linguistic and discourse perspectives, calling into question terminology, definitions and the nature of evidence at the heart of applied linguistic theory and practice.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2002 Kristyan Spelman Miller, Paul Thompson and contributors
ISBN: 0-8264-6106-9, 978-0-8264-6106-3
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 12602
Depositing User: Guy Cook
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2008 04:36
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12602
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