Linguistics and Applied Linguistics publications


Social perspectives on language testing

Gruba, Paul. "Social perspectives on language testing," in Roever, Carsten and Wigglesworth, Gillian (eds.,). Social perspectives on language testing: Papers in honour of Tim McNamara. Peter Lang, 2018.

Tim McNamara's work has had a fundamental impact on language testing. This volume brings together over 20 leading scholars in language assessment whose work has been influenced by Tim McNamara. Their papers cover issues of the social impact of language tests, such as fairness and justice of test use and language testing in the context of migration. They also address testing of interaction, and teachers' and students' views of language tests. More information...

Prominent Internal Possessors

Nordlinger, R., Bond, O. and Meakins, F. "Prominent possessor indexing in Gurindji," in Bárány, András; Bond, Oliver and Nikolaeva, Irina (eds.,). Prominent Internal Possessors. Oxford University Press, 2019.

This volume is the first to provide a comprehensive cross-linguistic overview of an understudied typological phenomenon, the clause-level argument-like behaviour of internal possessors... Following an introduction to the typology of the phenomenon and an overview of possible syntactic analyses, chapters in the volume offer more focussed case studies from a wide range of languages spoken in the Americas, Eurasia, South Asia, and Australia. More information...


The Construction of Words

Baker, Brett. "Super-Complexity and the Status of 'Word' in Gunwinyguan Languages of Australia," in Booij, G. (ed.,). The Construction of Words: Advances in Construction Morphology. Springer, 2018.

This volume focuses on detailed studies of various aspects of Construction Morphology, and combines theoretical analysis and descriptive detail. It deals with data from several domains of linguistics and contributes to an integration of findings from various subdisciplines of linguistics into a common model of the architecture of language. It presents applications and extensions of the model of Construction Morphology to a wide range of languages. More information...

Egophoricity. Typological Studies in Language

Kelly, Barbara. "Interactions of speaker knowledge and volitionality in Sherpa," in Floyd, Simeon; Norcliffe, Elisabeth and San Roque, Lila (eds.,). Egophoricity. Typological Studies in Language 118, 2018.

This chapter investigates evidentiality and egophoricity in Sherpa, spoken in eastern Nepal. It seeks to build on existing accounts of Sherpa evidentials through an investigation of what triggers evidential and egophoric markers. I show that in some instances the trigger appears to be grammatically and temporally-based, in others it is speaker knowledge or evidence-based and in others it is motivated by the volitionality of the agent. The relations between each of these factors is examined here as part of an overall investigation into the Sherpa verbal system. More information...

Oxford Handbook of Morphological Theory

Sadler, L. and Nordlinger, R. "Morphology in Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar," in Audring, Jenny and Masini, Francesca (eds.,). Oxford Handbook of Morphological Theory. Oxford University Press, 2018.

This volume is the first handbook devoted entirely to the multitude of frameworks adopted in the field of morphology, including Minimalism, Optimality Theory, Network Morphology, Cognitive Grammar, and Canonical Typology. Following an introduction from the editors, the first part of the volume offers critical discussions of the main theoretical issues within morphology, both in word formation and in inflection, as well as providing a short history of morphological theory. More information...

Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research A Problem-Solving Approach

Roever, C. and Phakiti, A. Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research A Problem-Solving Approach. Routledge, 2018.

Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research introduces approaches to and techniques for quantitative data analysis in second language research, with a primary focus on second language learning and assessment research. It takes a conceptual, problem-solving approach by emphasising the understanding of statistical theory and its application to research problems while paying less attention to the mathematical side of statistical analysis. The text discusses a range of common statistical analysis techniques, presented and illustrated through applications of the IBM Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) program. More information...

Developing C-tests for estimating proficiency in foreign language research

Roever, Carsten. "Developing C-tests across eight languages: Discussion," in Norris, John (ed.,). Developing C-tests for estimating proficiency in foreign language research. Language Testing and Evaluation series. Peter Lang, 2018.

This book explores the development of C-tests for providing efficient measures of foreign language proficiency in eight different languages: Arabic, Bangla, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Researchers report on how C-test principles were applied in creating the new language tests, with careful attention to language-specific challenges and solutions. More information...

Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth The Transition from Home to School

Simpson, Jane, Vaughan, Jill and Wigglesworth, Gillian (eds.,). Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth The Transition from Home to School. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

This book explores the experiences of Indigenous children and young adults around the world as they navigate the formal education system and wider society. Profiling a range of different communities and sociolinguistic contexts, this book examines the language ecologies of their local communities, schools and wider society and the approaches taken by these communities to maintain children’s home languages. The authors examine such complex themes as curriculum, translanguaging, contact languages and language use as cultural practice. More information...

What is applied cognitive linguistics?

Zhao, Helen, Yau, Thomas Siu-ho, Li, Keru and Wong, Noel Nga-yan. "Polysemy and conceptual metaphor: A cognitive linguistics approach to vocabulary learning," in Tyler, Andrea; Huang, Lihong and Jan, Hana (eds.,). What is applied cognitive linguistics? Answers from current SLA research. Mouton de Gruyter, 2018.

Many SLA professionals remain unaware of what CL and Applied Cognitive Linguistics are and of the tremendous potential these approaches offer for our understanding of L2 learning and pedagogy. The volume addresses this gap by presenting theoretically-grounded, empirically-based studies which illustrate the application of key concepts of CL and demonstrate the efficacy of using the concepts in the classroom or in basic L2 research. More information...


Second Language Pragmatics

Taguchi, Naoko and Roever, Carsten. Second Language Pragmatics. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Taguchi and Roever present the latest developments in second language pragmatics research, combining acquisitional and sociolinguistic perspectives. They cover theories of pragmatics learning and research methods in investigating pragmatics, linking these with findings on the acquisition of second language pragmatics and with practice in teaching and assessing pragmatics. More information...

The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis

Forshaw, W., Davidson, L., Kelly, Barbara, Nordlinger, Rachel, Wigglesworth, Gillian and Blythe, Joe. "The acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)," in Fortescue, M., Mithun, M. and and Evans, N. (eds.,). The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis. Oxford University Press, 2017.

This handbook offers an extensive crosslinguistic and cross-theoretical survey of polysynthetic languages, in which single multi-morpheme verb forms can express what would be whole sentences in English. More information...

Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription (2nd edition)

Cox, Felicity and Fletcher, Janet. Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription is the first textbook to clearly describe Australian English speech patterns. Now in its second edition, this ground-breaking work addresses speech production characteristics and provides detailed instruction in both phonetic and phonemic transcription of the dialect. More information...


English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives and Prospects

McNamara, Tim and Shohamy, E. "Language testing and ELF: Making the connection," in Pitzl, M-L. And Osimk-Teasdale, R. (eds.,). English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives and Prospects. De Gruyter, 2016.

In the past 15 years, English as a lingua franca (ELF) has evolved from a 'niche topic' of a relatively small group of specialists to a highly productive research area that now has a firm place on the map of linguistics. Looking back (as well as forward), this edited volume addresses perspectives and prospects of ELF in connection with other areas of linguistics. More information...

Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation

Baker, Baker. "Fact or Furphy? The Continuum in Kriol," in Meakins, F. And O'Shannessy, C. (eds.,). Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation. De Gruyter, 2016.

Australia is known for its linguistic diversity and extensive contact between languages. This edited volume is the first dedicated to language contact in Australia since colonisation, marking a new era of linguistic work, and contributing new data to theoretical discussions on contact languages and language contact processes. More information...

Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities

Regan, Vera; Diskin, Chloé and Martyn, Jennifer (eds.,). Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities. Peter Lang, 2016.

This volume presents a collection of the latest scholarly research on language, migration and identity. In a globalised world where migratory patterns are in constant flux, the traditional notion of the 'immigrant' has shifted to include more fluid perspectives of the migrant as a transnational and the language learner as a complex individual possessing a range of dynamic social and contextual identities. More information...

Blended Language Program Evaluation

Gruba, Paul et al (eds.,). Blended Language Program Evaluation. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

Advocating an argument-based approach, Blended Language Program Evaluation presents a framework for planning, conducting, and appraising evaluation of blended language learning across three institutional levels, and demonstrates its utility and application in four case studies carried out in diverse international contexts. More information...


Genre, Text and Language: Mélanges Anne Freadman

Morton, J., Elder, C. and McNamara, T. "Pattern and particularity in a pedagogical genre: The case of an individual teacher," in Duché, V., Do, T. and Rizzi, A. (eds.,). Genre, Text and Language: Mélanges Anne Freadman. Classiques Garnier, 2015.

To pay tribute to the work of Professor Anne Freadman, twenty-three specialists explore the question of genre. This volume focuses on teaching, and in particular the teaching of indigenous or foreign languages, semiotics, linguistics, and literature. More information...

Children's Play, Pretense, and Story: Studies in Culture, Context, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Douglas, Susan and Stirling, Lesley. (eds.,). Children's Play, Pretense, and Story: Studies in Culture, Context, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Routledge, 2015.

At the heart of this volume is the recognition that children's engagement with play and story are intrinsically and intricately linked. The contributing authors share a passionate interest in the development and well-being of children, in particular through their use of imagination and adaptation of the everyday into play and stories. More information...