World Applied Linguistics: A Celebration of AILA at 40. AILA Review, Volume 17
  • ISSN 1461-0213
  • E-ISSN: 1570-5595
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Albert Valdman traces the history of AILA through his memories of its origins in the early 1960s in France to its place today as the umbrella organization of over 30 national associations from all over the world. He begins with a discussion of AILA’s early days — centered in Western Europe and focused on language learning — and follows its expansion in North America and the rest of the world and to other domains of applied linguistics. Along the way, he cites significant meetings, resulting publications, research groups, the question of language use within the organization and many linguists who have contributed to the evolution of AILA.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Applied linguistics; history of the AILA organization
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