Language in Use creatively brings together, for the first
time, perspectives from cognitive linguistics, language
acquisition, discourse analysis, and linguistic anthropology. The
physical distance between nations and continents, and the
boundaries between different theories and subfields within
linguistics have made it difficult to recognize the possibilities
of how research from each of these fields can challenge, inform,
and enrich the others. This book aims to make those boundaries more
transparent and encourages more collaborative research.
The unifying theme is studying how language is used in context and
explores how language is shaped by the nature of human cognition
and social-cultural activity. Language in Use examines
language processing and first language learning and illuminates the
insights that discourse and usage-based models provide in issues of
second language learning. Using a diverse array of methodologies,
it examines how speakers employ various discourse-level resources
to structure interaction and create meaning. Finally, it addresses
issues of language use and creation of social identity.
Unique in approach and wide-ranging in application, the
contributions in this volume place emphasis on the analysis of
actual discourse and the insights that analyses of such data bring
to language learning as well as how language shapes and reflects
social identity-making it an invaluable addition to the library of
anyone interested in cutting-edge linguistics.
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