Celia Roberts is at the Centre for Applied Linguistic Research at Thames Valley University, London. Her research interests are interactional sociolinguistics and its application to multilingual settings, social perspectives on L2 development, and the use of ethnography in cultural studies for language learning. Her publications include Language and Discrimination, with Evelyn Davies and Tom Jupp (Longman, 1992), and Achieving Understanding, with Katharine Bremer, Marie-Thérèse Vasseur, Margaret Simonot, and Peter Broeder (Longman, 1996).
The TESOL Quarterly publishes brief commentaries on aspects of qualitative and quantitative research. For this issue, we asked two researchers to discuss the politics of transcription in research in TESOL.