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  1. Alison Sealey

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1000

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Sealey, A. 2012. Realism. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


“Realism” is a term with a range of meanings in a number of academic disciplines. It is not a research method but a philosophical orientation, and even within philosophy “the word ‘realism’ is used in a bewildering variety of senses”


  • language and social interaction;
  • methods;
  • research methods in applied linguistics;
  • sociocultural language studies