Date: 09-May-2007 From: Francesca Filippelli <francesca.filippellitaylorandfrancis.com> Subject: Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research: Gass, Mackey
Title: Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition Research Series
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Author: Susan M. Gass
Author: Alison Mackey
Hardback: ISBN: 0805860347 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0805860355 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 24.95
The process of identifying and deciding on ways to collect data is one of the most difficult steps in conducting second language research. Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research takes up the challenge of demystifying the choice of data elicitation techniques, always with an eye to the intricate relationships that exist between such choices and the nature of an investigator's research questions. Realizing that the identification of appropriate data-gathe ring methods can best be understood when techniques are contextualized directly within particular research domains, the authors synthesize and systematize an impressive body of practical knowledge, based on the approaches and results of years of L2 research in a variety of areas.
This timely reference guide is specifically directed toward the needs of second language researchers, who can expect to gain a clearer understanding of which techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains. Authors Susan M. Gass and Alison Mackey, both prominent scholars in the field of second language acquisition, leverage their perspective on the field as a whole to provide an historical context for each technique. After discussing common research questions underlying data elicitation measures in each area, they identify relevant types of data along a continuum with naturalistic language at one end, language produced in response to some sort of prompt in the middle, and language elicited in controlled experimental settings at the other end of the spectrum. Using step-by-step examples, they detail important 'how-to' aspects of data elicitation, and recommend specific guidelines to keep in mind. They use summaries of published research reports to illustrate different methods of data collection. They also provide samples of various types of data. Finally, they also provide a much needed summary of common misconceptions, caveats, and/or limitations to consider when collecting data.
Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research is a perfect companion to the same author team's bestselling Second Language Research: Methodology and Design. It will be an indispensable text for graduate or advanced-level undergraduate students who are beginning research projects in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as well as a comprehensive reference point for more seasoned researchers. It will stimulate second language researchers to use data elicitation measures with a clearer understanding of their strengths and limitations and enhance researchers' ability to modify and combine techniques to match their own research needs.