Introducing Applied Linguistics

Susan Hunston and David Oakey:Introducing Applied Linguistics: concepts and skills (2010)

This is the book that my friends and I are studying at the moment. Our idea in reading it is to bring us up to date on what is new in Applied Linguistics.

One chapter follows nicely on our study of Michael Hoey’s Lexical Priming: namely, the use of a corpus. A paper by Svenja Adolphs: Using a corpus to study spoken language delighted me  by its description of what is to people of my generation the extraordinary use of “like” in the informal conversation of young people. It is in fact a discourse marker introducing direct speech (the oral equivalent of quotation marks). I wonder where that came from.

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