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Phonology: Mixed Methods

  1. Talia Isaacs

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0911

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Isaacs, T. 2012. Phonology: Mixed Methods. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

Abstract

A growing number of researchers in the area of second language phonology have employed a mixed methods approach to better understand the research problem and to strengthen the quality of their inferences or interpretations (e.g., Zielinski, 2008; Derwing & Munro, 2009). However, not all published mixed methods phonological studies are explicitly labeled as “mixed methods,“ which may make them difficult to locate in tables of contents or online searches. Furthermore, the authors may not emphasize their reasons for using more than one method or describe the research design in much detail. The following is an example of a mixed methods study situated within the subdiscipline of second language (L2) phonological research. The focus is to address the rationale for integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, to discuss the nature of the mixing that occurred in the data collection and analyses, and to emphasize how quantitative and qualitative data were converged to yield rich empirical outcomes relevant to the research purpose.

Keywords:

  • esl/efl;
  • perception;
  • research methods in applied linguistics;
  • assessment;
  • language for academic purposes;
  • pronunciation