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Variation in Interlanguage Morphology (Theoretical Studies in Second Language Acquisition) Hardcover – May 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0820413815 ISBN-10: 082041381X

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"Young's study is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature of learner speech and the role of variation in SLA." (Robert Bayley, University of Texas, San Antonio) --Studies in Second Language Acquisition, September 1993

"Young is successful in highlighting some of the major issues in L2 research and in presenting the problems inherent in interlanguage variation research." (Susan Braidi, Arizona State University) --Language Learning, December 1992

"As one who is interested in linguistic variation and second-language acquisition, I found that this book explores important issues, and invites further research and discussion" (James Walker, University of Toronto) --Language, March 1993

"The volume is of great benefit for linguists and people interested or involved in second language teaching." (Yousef Bader, Yarmouk University) --IRAL: International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, August 1993

«I found that this book explores important issues, and invites further research and discussion.» (A. Walker, Language)
«This volume is a welcome addition to the small but growing body of interlanguage studies that use current sociolinguistic methods to examine variation in learner speech. The description of learner language that emerges is far richer than usually found in interlanguage studies. Young's study is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature of learner speech and the role of variation in SLA.» (Robert Bayley, Studies in Second Language Aquisition)
«The presentation is clear and all difficult or unfamiliar terms are adequately adequate' representation of learners interlanguage than has previously been offered. ...the volume is of great benefit for linguists and people interested or involved in second language teaching.» (Yousef Bader, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching)
«...a work that is not only instructive, but also thorough and interesting. One of the most valuable aspects of this book is the introduction to VARBRUL, the statistical analysis that Young uses in his study. This brief introduction is excellent for researchers who are unfamiliar with this program.» (Susan M. Braidi, Language Learning)

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The Author: Richard Young is Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Previously he was Director of English Language Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also taught in the M.S. in TESOL program. He has published widely on second language acquisition, language testing, curriculum design, and ESL methodology, and has lectured and conducted research in second language learning in Britain, Italy, Hong Kong, China, and Czechoslovakia. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading, and an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from New College, Oxford.

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I'm a Professor in English Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I teach courses in Sociolinguistics, English Syntax, Language Acquisition, and Research Methods. I've also served as a director of the Program in English as a Second Language.

I was born and grew up in London and, after I graduated from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, I taught in Italy and Hong Kong before settling in the United States in 1983. My Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania and my dissertation was the first extension of quantitative variation theory to interlanguage. Since then, my abiding research passion has been to understand the relationship between the use of language and the social contexts that language reflects and creates. I've always seen that relationship as dynamic and reflexive, and my research has focused on change--how newcomers learn to participate in the practices of a new community. My fascination with the relationship between language and context has led me to do work that crosses conventional boundaries between academic fields. My work on discourse variation in oral proficiency interviews combined discourse analysis and language assessment and resulted in some of the earliest empirical discourse analyses of interactions designed to assess spoken English proficiency. In my most recent work I've been using insights from linguistic anthropology and conversation analysis to understand the architecture of face-to-face interaction and to develop the theory of discursive practice.

My research has resulted in four books: Variation in Interlanguage Morphology, Talking and Testing (co-edited with Agnes He), Language and Interaction, and Discursive Practice in Language Learning and Teaching. I've published over 50 articles in journals and anthologies and I serve on the editorial boards of three major journals.

I've held visiting professorships at Penn State, International Islamic University Malaysia, and at two universities in Germany. During 2005-6, I served as President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and I chaired the World Congress of Applied Linguistics in Madison. Up until 2004, I served as a consultant to Educational Testing Service during the major redesign of the TOEFL test.

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