By Lynne Cameron
This quantity is a set of papers from the yearly assembly of the British organization for utilized Linguistics (BAAL) held on the college of Leeds, September 1994. It investigates the connection among switch and language within the broadest feel.
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Alternative Perspectives We have so far emphasised the division of this collection into three sub-themes. However, we must not neglect the fact that a number of other themes appear at different points. At one level, for example, it is striking how many of the contributors make use of educational contexts as the sites for their investigations (see Fairclough, Rogers, Rampton, Tonkyn, Turner & Hiraga, and Page viii Cortazzi & Jin, for example). This is understandable, for educational institutions are dedicated, par excellence, to the production of human change.
Rogers' data, meanwhile, identifies a failure to change at more than a superficial level among a group of people who are potentially gatekeepers for change in language education: A-level examiners in Foreign Languages. By analysing documents issued by examining boards, she demonstrates how superficial changes in terminology are apparently not supported by underlying changes in understanding of language learning processes, and the confusion that results from this conflict. Page 3 1 Border Crossings: Discourse and social change in contemporary societies 1 Norman Fairclough Lancaster University Language in Sociocultural Change: A field of applied linguistics John Trim in his address to the twentieth anniversary meeting of BAAL in 1987 (Trim, 1988) emphasised the broad view of applied linguistics accepted as the remit for BAAL by its founders.
No language as we know it would be a communicative engineer's ideal, just as no engineer would make a thumb out of a wrist bone if he could go back and start the design from scratch. Both systems are 'making use of old junk', in Jean Aitchison's phrase (1991, p. 148). I am not going to be so bold as to set out the parameters of an ideal language, but presumably it would be that which best realises the advantages that language is recognised to confer. If that form includes regular patterning at phonological, morphological and syntactic levels, then already there is a problem.