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Review of  The Cambridge Scholars Publishing Applied Linguistics Collection

Reviewer: Marga Stander
Book Title: The Cambridge Scholars Publishing Applied Linguistics Collection
Book Author: Rosa Lorés-Sanz Pilar Mur-Dueñas Enrique Lafuente-Millán Christina Gitsaki Melanie Gobert Helene Demirci Nathalie Ramière Rachel Varshney Allyson Jule Anna Bloch-Rozmej Karolina Drabikowska
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Issue Number: 29.3360

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The Cambridge Scholars Publishing Applied Linguistics Collection consists of 15 books, all published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. This collection covers an enormous range of topics and is extremely valuable collection in university language and linguistics departments, and libraries. Below is a short summary of each book in the collection .


Chen, Honglin & Ken Cruickshank (Eds). 2009. Making a Difference: Challenges for Applied Linguistics.

This book consists of 23 articles with a wide range of topics on the field of Applied Linguistics, ranging from language teaching and learning, language and policy development, discourse analysis, language assessment and development, and bilingualism. The book is a result of the 2007 conference held in Wollongong by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, and reports on studies done in various countries in Asia, Australia and the UK. The main focus of the book is how research in Applied Linguistics can make a difference in language learning and use, education, materials development and policy making. A number of challenges and opportunities for research in Applied Linguistics are created with the increase in migration and asylum seeking, as well as changes in media, technology, politics and economics, locally and internationally.


Lorés-Sanz, Rosa, Pilar Mur-Dueñas & Enrique Lafuente-Millán (Eds). 2010. Constructing Interpersonality; Multiple Perspectives on Written Academic Genres.

This book has 18 contributions focussing on interpersonal interaction in texts and how it is manifested in various academic genres. This book is the result of the 2008 international conference on Interpersonality in Written Academic Discourse: Perspectives across Languages and Cultures, at the Universidad de Zaragoza, Jaca, Spain. Although all the articles focus on interpersonality, the articles analyse different genres and adopt different analytical perspectives and methodological approaches. The book is divided into four main sections, namely, an overview of research done on written academic discourse; a report on academic abstracts and book reviews; a focus on the research article, the key genre in academic communication; and an overview of referee reports, (electronic) popularizations, academic weblogs, student essays and conference handouts.


Chodkiewicz, Halina & Magdalena Trepczyńska (Eds). 2014. Language Skills: Traditions, Transitions and Ways Forward.

This book fits well into the area of Applied Linguistics. Although this book focuses mainly on language skills, it also gives attention to the many aspects of language-skilled behaviour in language use and its development from the perception of speech sounds to discourse production. The 27 chapters of the book are divided into six sections, namely, fundamental background issues, spoken interaction, perception of speech sounds and production skills, reading contexts and purposes, writing challenges for advanced learners, and technology and language skills. The contributions cover a wide range of themes, such as, the development of L2 skills, teaching specific skills, and the use of modern technology in skill acquisition. It addresses different age groups, educational and social contexts, and instructional activities.


Rodríguez-Puente, Paula, Teresa Fanego, Evelyn Gandón-Chapela, Sara María Riveiro-Outeiral & María Luisa Roca-Varela (Eds). 2014. Current Research in Applied Linguistics: Issues on Language and Cognition.

This book is the result of papers presented at the 3rd ELC International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELCs), held in 2012 at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The theme of the book is based on research in Applied Linguistics, contributed by postgraduate students in various areas. There are eleven case studies, which are organised into four parts, namely: syntactic studies (get-constructions in Indian English, the use of verbs with/without an object in contemporary English, if-clauses in British and American English); morphology and semantic studies (word-formation patterns, motion expressions in English and Spanish); second language acquisition (Spanish students learning English, Japanese learners of English, production of English past tense forms); and discourse analysis and psycholinguistics (sentiment detection and analysis, perspectives in language, cognition and interaction, emotional valence on disambiguation processes).


Jule, Allyson (Ed). 2015. Shifting Visions: Gender and Discourses.

The contributions in this book are a result of papers presented at the 8th Biennial International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) conference held in 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. The broad theme of the book is gender, sexuality, discourse and language. This book accommodates a wide range of research topics over twelve chapters, such as gender and language studies, embodiment, religion, power, grammatical gender, ethics, heteronormativity, politics, terrorism, magazines, media and news coverage, equality and diversity, and education in various parts of the world such as Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, the US, Asia and Africa. It offers an interdisciplinary and global approach and investigates the unexplored areas where more can be learned about the relationships between gender and language.


Stracke, Elke (Ed). 2014. Intersections: Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place.

The 2nd Combined Conference of the Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia and New Zealand in 2011, in Canberra, Australia, with the theme Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place, resulted in this book with 16 excellent contributions on Applied Linguistics. This book makes connections between Applied Linguistics and other disciplines as well as the many sub-disciplines and specialisations in its own field. The 16 chapters are divided into three main parts, highlighting the role and contribution of Applied Linguistics: Part I focuses on different workplaces where language and cultural differences are very sensitive issues among language users. Part II focuses on educational contexts, language learning, teaching and language as a subject matter. Part III is concerned with endangered languages and protecting the rights of language minorities.


Singh, Navin Kumar. 2013. Multilingual Trends in a Globalized World: Prospects and Challenges.

In this book, Singh is looking at evolving language education and practices in an ever growing multilingual world and shares his perspectives on mother tongue education, multilingualism and cultural pluralism. He includes examples and case studies from around the world and especially from South East Asia. The book consists of nine chapters ranging from globalisation through linguistic and cultural lenses; language forms and functions; mother-tongue education; L1 influence on L2 acquisition; changing trends in language education; globalisation of language and culture; diglossia and languages of instruction; bilingualism and multilingualism; code-switching; and changing parental perceptions of multilingualism. The book is also written from a sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspective with a focus on language policy and language teaching and learning.


Ramière, Nathalie and Rachl Varshney (Eds). 2006. Rhizomes: Connecting Languages, Cultures and Literatures to Mental Acts.

This book is a collection of research studies based on interdisciplinary work in language and culture studies within the Humanities and Social Sciences. This collection was compiled from presentations given at the 2005 conference held at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia. The term ‘rhizome’ was chosen as a metaphor for multi-and interdisciplinarity, meaning ‘it has no beginning or end, between things or inter-being’ and this reflects the diversity of the papers in this collection, which makes it difficult to group together essays under a common heading. The topics in the book are divided into four general themes based their major argument or methodological approach. The book covers a wide range of topics from language studies, sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics, film, music and cultural studies and questions mainly existing boundaries between disciplines.


Mahboob, Ahmar and Caroline Lipovsky (Eds). 2009. Studies in Applied Linguistics and Language Learning.

Research and studies from various scholars are put together in 18 chapters, divided into three parts, namely, critical Applied Linguistics, language policy and practice, and language learning and teaching. The idea for this book followed the 2008 Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Conference. The editors of the book handle chapter one by looking at identities, policies and practices in Applied Linguistics. Part I looks at language in society, such as the construction of a national identity, language and justice, racial and identity in English language teaching, and language in business discourse. Part II handles issues around an Aboriginal language policy, language policies in school, language learning in tertiary education and language attitudes and language maintenance strategies. Part III focuses on language learning and teaching, with special attention to the role of parents in literacy learning, multiple script literacy, L2 reading, teaching and teachers of English, foreign language learners and oral communication strategies.


Kuzio, Anna. 2014. Exploitation of Schemata in Persuasive and Manipulative Discourse in English, Polish and Russian.

The first part of the book discusses culture as a dynamic process and investigates communication and interaction between people from different cultural backgrounds. The second part of the book specifically focuses on how difficult messages are conveyed from one culture to another. It also focuses on the notions of schemata, frames, scenarios and cultural scripts, examining the work of various authors in this regard. This part also includes a discussion on decision making and ‘what action to take and what choice to make’. The third part looks at socio-political attitudes, power relations and persuasive communication in both text and speech. The last part is an analysis of various discourses in everyday conversations, such as complimenting and political discourse.


Gitsaki, Christina and Richard B. Baldauf Jr. (Eds). 2012. Future Directions in Applied Linguistics: Local and Global Perspectives.

The twenty-six papers in this volume are divided in two main groups: educational studies and language teaching; and social issues related to language. The first group is further divided into papers on second and foreign language teaching; English language teacher education and second language acquisition. The second group deals with issues in language use; bilingualism and multilingualism; and language planning and policy. The part in group one is concerned with issues in academic writing, orality and international students, pronunciation, translation, and computer assisted language teaching and learning. The second part focuses specifically on ELT pre-service teacher education. The part on second language acquisition focusses on L2 writing, ESL context, terms of address and the role of L1 as a learning strategy. In the second group, the first part deals with the use of conjunctions, academic writing, ideology in texts, reporting in news stories, and verbal systems of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Englishes. The second part looks at translating the news, social interaction, multilingualism as social capital and student views on bilingualism. The last part focuses on local and global perspectives on English, language and literacy in education, language policy and communicative language teaching.


Bloch-Rozmej, Anna and Karolina Drabikowska (Eds). 2015. Within Language, Beyond Theories (Volume II): Studies in Applied Linguistics.

This is the second volume of three books in a series called Within Language, Beyond Theories. The book consists of eighteen chapters written by various authors and is divided into three parts, which covers a range of issues in Applied Linguistics. Part I deals with language learning and teaching and includes discussions on the teaching of phonetics, instruction in language learning, language learning strategies, language testing, conversational convergence, pragmatics, bilingual education and content and language integrated learning. Part II is concerned with psycho- and sociolinguistics, looking at language acquisition and conjugational patterns, psycholinguistic perspectives on onomatopoeia, the link between physical attractiveness and foreign accent, and endangered languages. Part III looks into lexicography and translation studies, especially on dictionaries and current issues in translation.


Mauranen, Anna and Elina Ranta (Eds). 2009. English as a Lingua Franca: Studies and Findings.

The focus of this book is on English as a lingua franca (ELF), which has become a popular topic in English and applied linguistic studies. The book covers three parts, namely, basic issues of ELF, its use in different communities, and its features in interactive discourse. Each part has five papers written by various authors. The papers in the first part deal with fundamental issues in ELF, such as attitudes, approaches, conceptualisation, universality and comprehensibility. In the second part, the focus is on ELF interaction in institutional settings such as business and education; and the third part looks at the different sides of ELF in interactive dialogues, based on authentic transcribed recordings of ELT speech. Several issues related to ELT are addressed as well, such as phonological and syntactic features, language in use, methodological approaches, interaction and communication, pragmatic strategies, metaphors and idioms, fluency, correctness and effectiveness and the role of code-switching as an ELF strategy.


Pietilä, Päivi, Katalin Doró and Renata Pípalová (Eds). 2015. Lexical Issues in L2 Writing.

The papers in this book, written by different authors, investigates various lexical issues around second language acquisition. This collection is the result of the 2014 European Society for the Study of English Conference in Slovakia. There are nine chapters written over three parts, namely, influences and strategies, disciplinary differences, and collocations and lexical bundles. The individual papers cover vocabulary in L2 writing, vocabulary knowledge and written production in English, lexical measures (EFL) and lexical richness (L3 French) in students’ written essays, lexical diversity in L2 academic writing, reporting verbs in academic discourse, academic vocabulary and readability, recurrent word combinations in English L2 writing, and a lexical analysis of EFL teaching portfolios.


Gitsaki, Christina, Melanie Gobert and Helene Demirci (Eds). 2014. Current Issues in Reading, Writing and Visual Literacy.

This volume is the result of papers presented at the 2014 World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics held in Brisbane, Australia. The collection basically focuses on reading, writing and visual literacy, mainly in English as a second language. The part on reading literacy has eight chapters which look specifically at the development of reading literacy. In this part, issues such as reading strategies, reading literacy, different approaches to reading instruction, vocabulary learning, reading in a foreign language (Chinese) and finally, the English Reference Word List in Taiwan, are investigated. The second part on writing literacy, focuses on collocations in advanced L2 writing, formulaic sequences in the written work of Japanese EFL students, interactive and interactional strategies in L2 doctoral writers, academic writing skills in argumentation essays of Chinese learners, and written corrective feedback on the postgraduate level. The three chapters in part three on visual literacy, deal with the higher-order inference-orientated schema transfer in interlanguage comprehension development of Japanese learners, the influence of television on American vocabulary acquisition, and digital curation as a new literacy (information on the Web).


This is an excellent and valuable collection for all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, researchers, scholars (Book 4), and language practitioners in the field of Applied Linguistics (Books 9 and 13), since it covers a comprehensive range of topics which surely provides for diverse interests. The vast range of topics in this collection will also be of special interest to teachers and educators who are involved with language education, especially second and foreign language teaching (Books 1, 3, 4, 6). This collection will be equally valuable to translators, proofreaders, reviewers and editors who are interested in discourse analysis and academic writing and who are working with the research publication process (Book 2). Book 5 will be appreciated by researchers and students who are interested in the areas of sociolinguistics, sociology, gender and women’s studies and education. Students and scholars interested in specific areas of Applied Linguistics, such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, bilingual and multicultural education, second and foreign language education, lexicography and translation, will find Books 7, 8, 11 and 12 very insightful. Those who are working in the area of intercultural communication, will be interested in Book 10. Books 13, 14 and 15 will benefit those working with English as a lingua franca, and also reading, writing and visual literacy in a L2.
MARGA STANDER, Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa. Her research interests include L2 acquisition, L2 teaching and learning, sociolinguistics, aspects of applied linguistics, translation, sign language linguistics and culture. She specializes in L2 learning and the problems students encounter in academic writing. She has taught linguistics and applied linguistics in English and Afrikaans, as well as academic literacy courses. She has done several translations from English to Afrikaans of academic and religious texts. She also does regular proofreading and editing of scholarly articles and essays.

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