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  1. James Dean Brown

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0534

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Brown, J. D. 2012. Inference. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


An inference is a conclusion or implication that results from examining evidence or using logic, and inferring is the process that leads from the evidence or logic (or both of these) to the conclusion or implication.


  • advanced statistics;
  • research methods in applied linguistics;
  • field methods