Concepts such as dependability/generalization and inferences are dealt with
implicitly or explicitly in any research undertaken in applied linguistics.
This volume provides a well-balanced and cross-disciplinary perspective on
how researchers conceptualize inferences about learner acquisition and
performances as well as dependability and generalizability of findings.
The book is a collection of chapters by prominent researchers in applied
linguistics, working in diverse domains such as vocabulary, syntax,
discourse analysis, SLA, and language testing. The goal of the book is to
bring attention to these issues, which underpin much of applied linguistics
research and to highlight what is considered good practice so as to
buttress confidence in the research claims made.
The book represents current thinking on fundamental research concepts in
applied linguistics and can be used as a textbook in courses on research
methodology in applied linguistics. The book is also an excellent source of
in-depth analysis of research conceptualization for applied linguistics
researchers and graduate students.
Table of contents
Drawing the line: The generalizability and limitations of research in
Micheline Chalhoub-Deville 1–5
I. Perspectives on inference and generalizability in applied linguistics
1. Old and new thoughts on test score variability: Implications for
reliability and validity
Craig Deville and Micheline Chalhoub-Deville 9–25
2. Validity and values: Inferences and generalizability in language testing
Tim MacNamara 27–45
3. L2 vocabulary acquisition theory: The role of inference, dependability
and generalizability in assessment
Carol A. Chapelle 47–64
4. Beyond generalizability: Contextualization, complexity, and credibility
in applied linguistics research
Patricia A. Duff 65–95
5. Verbal protocols: What does it mean for research to use speaking as a
data collection tool?
Merrill Swain 97–113
6. Functional grammar: On the value and limitations of dependability,
inference, and generalizability
Diane Larsen-Freeman 115–133
7. A conversation analytic perspective on the role of quantification and
generalizability in second language acquisition
Numa Markee 135–162
8. Generalizability: A journey into the nature of empirical research in
Lyle F. Bachman 165–207
9. Generalizability: What are we generalizing anyway?
Susan M. Gass 209–220
10. Negotiating methodological rich points in applied linguistics research:
An ethnographer's view
Nancy H. Hornberger 221–240