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Books: Applied Linguistics: Claire Kramsch (ed.)

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  1. rwilson, Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Kramsch (ed.)

Message 1: Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Kramsch (ed.)

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 12:48:56 +0000
From: rwilson <>
Subject: Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Kramsch (ed.)

Title: Language Acquisition and Language Socialization
Subtitle: Ecological Perspectives
Series Title: Advances in Applied Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd		 
Editor: Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley 
Hardback: ISBN: 0826453716, Pages: 320, Price: GBP 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0826453724, Pages: 320, Price: GBP 17.99


The book brings together well-known scholars in two relatively
distinct fields -- language acquisition and language socialization --
and from a variety of orientations within applied linguistics --
psycho- and sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, educational
linguistics -- to describe language development from a relational
perspective. The notion of ecology offers a convenient metaphor for
the complex variational processes that take place within individuals
and between individuals and their social and cultural environment, as
they attempt to learn the language of the Other.

The papers in this volume are a response to three main questions
discussed in the Introduction: 1) What conceptual models best capture
the ecological nature of language learning? 2) What research
approaches are best likely to illuminate the relationship between
language and social structure? 3) How is educational success defined
for language acquisition and language socialization?

For researchers, the main strength of the book is its empirical and
phenomenological base as well as the variety of its methodological
approaches. The theme of ecology affords a fresh look into phenomena
not encompassed by language acquisition or language socialization
research alone. It puts into question traditional ways of looking at
time, space, subjectivity, identity in the acquisition of another
language and its use in a variety of social contexts.

For language teachers and educators, this book attempts to eschew
traditional dichotomies such as language acquisition vs. language use,
and to capture the complex and holistic nature of language learning
and teaching.

Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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