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AILA Research Debate

Each issue of the AILA Review stimulates an AILA Research Debate about hot topics in Applied Linguistics.

The contributions in the review serve as starting points for sharing and discussing viewpoints among experts in our field. Moreover, AILA Research Debate Specials focus on hot topics in our field that call for immediate joint reflection and action.

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Linguistic Recycling
The process of quoting in increasingly mediatized settings
Edited by Lauri Haapanen and Daniel Perrin
2020. vi, 225 pp.

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Key questions:

  1. What value can we add to the established theoretical discussion of recontextualization and quoting by further theorizing the concept of linguistic recycling?
  2. What methodological tools and concepts – other than the ones discussed in this issue – can help us study value-oriented aspects of reusing language?
  3. How and for whose benefits is linguistic recycling practiced in domains that have not been covered by this issue's articles? 



AILA Research Debate Special:  Changing research practices in times of COVID-19

How have research practices by AILA Research Networks and AILA members successfully shifted in the global COVID pandemic? In this debate, we share insights on what has worked well. Our discussion of critical situations and god practices is meant to inspire other scholars, particularly junior scholars looking for leadership on how to academically survive and progress in difficult times.

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Scrutinizing the real-world enterprise
Edited by Daniel Perrin and Claire Kramsch
2018. xiii, 188 pp.

Key questions:

  1. To what extent has applied linguistics always been a transdisciplinary field?
  2. What are, from an AL perspective, the advantages and disadvantages of transdisciplinarity as compared to interdisciplinarity?
  3. What are the main opportunities and risks inherent in collaborating with practitioners throughout research projects?
  4. Who decides which real-world problem is to be dealt with and by whom?
  5. Is profession any more a guarantee than disciplinarity for mutual understanding and same-ness of judgment when academics collaborate with non-academics in solving problems in the real world?
  6. If power and politics inevitably play a role in identifying and defining real-world problems, how should we conceive of the “problem-solving accountability” of the field of Applied Linguistics?
  7. How can empirically grounded good practices of transdisciplinary research in Applied Linguistics be identified, discussed, and shared effectively in the field?