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EDINBURGH TEXTBOOKS IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS
This new textbook series provides advanced introductions to the main areas of study in
contemporary Applied Linguistics, with a principal focus on the theory and practice of
language teaching and language learning and on the processes and problems of language in use.

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics
From Practice to Theory
Second Edition
ALAN DAVIES
This Second Edition of the foundational textbook An Introduction to Applied Linguistics provides
a state-of-the-art account of contemporary applied linguistics. The kinds of language problems
of interest to applied linguists are discussed and a distinction drawn between the different
research approach taken by theoretical linguists and by applied linguists to what seem to be
the same problems. Professor Davies describes a variety of projects which illustrate the
interests of the field and highlight the marriage it offers between practical experience and
theoretical understanding. The increasing emphasis of applied linguistics on ethicality is linked
to the growth of professionalism and to the concern for accountability, manifested in the
widening emphasis on critical stances. This, Davies argues, is at its most acute in the tension
between giving advice as the outcome of research and taking political action in order to
change a situation which, it is claimed, needs ameliorisation. This dilemma is not confined to
applied linguistics and may now be endemic in the applied disciplines.

Alan Davies is a long-term member of staff of the Department of Applied Linguistics in the
University of Edinburgh. His publications include Principles of Language Testing, The Native
Speaker: Myth and Reality, Dictionary of Language Testing, The Handbook of Applied Linguistics and
A Glossary of Applied Linguistics.

ALAN DAVIES

Key features
• surveys current issues in applied linguistics, including the concept of the Native Speaker and
the development of World Englishes
• examines the influence of linguistics, cognitive science and philosophy on applied linguistics and
makes a contrast with educational linguistics
• proposes that a key issue for the profession will increasingly be the tension between advice and
action
• suggests that applied linguistics is a theorising rather than a theoretical discipline.

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics

S E R I E S E D I T O R S : A L A N D AV I E S & K E I T H M I T C H E L L

An Introduction to
Applied Linguistics
Second Edition

From Practice to Theory

ALAN DAVIES

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EDINBURGH TEXTBOOKS IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS
S E R I E S E D I T O R S : A L A N D AV I E S & K E I T H M I T C H E L L