Our faculty are editors of some of the world’s leading journals in applied linguistics.
L2 pronunciation examines how people acquire and use the phonological system of a new language, for example, the pronunciation of English as either a second, foreign or international language.
Sociolinguistics is the study of variation in language form and use that is associated with social, situational, attitudinal, temporal and geographic influences. Intercultural communication examines the intersections of culture, language and communicative contexts.
Second language acquisition is the study of the processes that people use to learn a second language.
Psycholinguistics is the study of the cognitive mechanisms that allow people to comprehend, use, acquire, produce and store language.
Lexical and phraseology studies examine how people acquire and use words and combinations of words.
Educational technology involves the use of technology to teach or research language-related skills.
English for specific purposes is the study of teaching and learning of discourse in specific communities such as academic or occupational communities.
L2 teacher education examines theory, research and practice in the professional development of second-language and foreign-language teachers, such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and teachers of other second and foreign languages.
Language assessment focuses on the assessment of first- or second-language speakers in school or workplace environments.
Second language (L2) reading and writing research focuses on learners' reading and writing processes and products, and proficient use of an additional language. Of interest are both learning to read and write, and reading and writing to learn a language.
Qualitative analysis research employs a wide range of naturalistic inquiry methods. It also employs interpretive practices informed by postmodernist theory.
Quantitative studies are the systematic and empirical examination of observable data through mathematical, statistical and computational methods.
Corpus linguistics is the study of language using natural samples of language data known as corpora.
Discourse analysis focuses on various approaches to analyzing writing, speech and communicative events.
Natural language processing examines the potential for computer programs to process and analyze natural language data to understand language structure and content.
Data analytics involves cleaning, transforming and modeling linguistic data using computer programs to discover information.
The Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL is pleased to announce that the Georgia State University community has unlimited access until October 2023 to a range of extensive electronic collections of language data (corpora) for application in a variety of research and instructional contexts.
Research conducted in the Language Perception, Assessment and Learning Lab (L-PAL) investigates language from various perspectives to better understand the processing, production and representation of language. Members of the lab work within the contexts of second language acquisition, discourse studies, natural language processing, adult literacy and more.