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Title: The handbook of Applied Linguistics
Author: Barbara A. Lafford
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Institution: Arizona State University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: THE HANDBOOK OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS. Alan Davies and Catherine
Elder (Eds.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. x + 866.

Davies and Elder's volume is the latest in the Blackwell series of Handbooks in Linguistics. In this volume, the editors compile over 30 newly commissioned, well-written, and comprehensive articles that provide an in-depth view of the field of applied linguistics. Unlike Cook's (2003) recent introduction to applied linguistics for nonspecialists, the Davies and Elder volume shares the same intended audience—students and researchers in applied linguistics, language teaching, and SLA—as the works of McCarthy (2001), McDonough (2002), and Seidlhofer (2003). Because of its comprehensive nature, this volume would best serve as a reference tool for SLA scholars and applied linguists rather than as a course text.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 27, Issue 3.

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