Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, Vol 9, No 3 (2012)

Introduction: Discourse and responsibility

Anna Solin, Jan-Ola Östman
Issued Date: 10 Jul 2015


This special issue of JALPP focuses on responsibility in professional settings and in particular on how responsibility is manifested, expressed, attributed, negotiated and contested in the discourses of professional settings. The studies in this collection thereby also show the importance of analysing discourse from the point of view of discourse participants’ agency, accountability and responsibility, and they thus add an important dimension to existing strands of research in discourse studies and applied linguistics.

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DOI: 10.1558/japl.v9i3.20841


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