Date: 31-Aug-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Dialogue With Bakhtin on Second and Foreign Language Learning: Hall, Vitanova, Marchenkova (Eds)
Title: Dialogue With Bakhtin on Second and Foreign Language Learning
Subtitle: New Perspectives
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Editor: Joan Kelly Hall, Pennsylvania State University/University Park Campus
Editor: Gergana Vitanova, University of Central Florida
Editor: Ludmila A. Marchenkova, Ohio State University
Hardback: ISBN: 080585021X Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 75.00
This volume is the first to explore links between the Russian linguist Mikhail Bakhtin's theoretical insights about language and practical concerns with second and foreign language learning and teaching. Situated within a strong conceptual framework and drawing from a rich empirical base, it reflects recent scholarship in applied linguistics that has begun to move away from formalist views of language as universal, autonomous linguistic systems, and toward an understanding of language as dynamic collections of cultural resources. According to Bakhtin, the study of language is concerned with the dialogue existing between linguistic elements and the uses to which they are put in response to the conditions of the moment. Such a view of language has significant implications for current understandings of second- and foreign-language learning.
This is a groundbreaking volume for scholars and students in applied linguistics, language education, and language studies with an interest in second and foreign language learning; for teacher educators; and for teachers of languages from elementary to university levels.