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Title: Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research
Written By: Susan M. Gass
Alison Mackey
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition Research Series

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.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0805860347
ISBN-13: 9780805860344
Pages: 224
Prices: U.S. $ 70.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0805860355
ISBN-13: 9780805860351
Pages: 224
Prices: U.S. $ 24.95