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Developing intentionality and researching multilingually: An ecological and methodological perspective

Stelma, Juup; Fay, Richard; Zhou, Xiaowei


Juup Stelma

Richard Fay


This paper uses an ecological perspective to understand a researcher's developing intentionality vis-à-vis her multilingual engagement with research processes, namely, ‘researching multilingually’. The paper discusses ecological thinking in Applied Linguistics, ecological themes present in the literature addressing aspects of researching multilingually, and the particular understanding of intentionality we have employed. The potential of intentionality as an heuristic for understanding researching multilingually is explored with reference to a recent research experience of one of the authors – Xiaowei Zhou. This includes analyses of Xiaowei's developing awareness of linguistic possibilities, associated research-relevant affordances, and her articulation of the intentionality of researching multilingually. We suggest that the combination of an ecological perspective and a focus on intentionality provides a unique methodological understanding of researching multilingually.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 6, 2013
Publication Date Nov 6, 2013
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2018
Journal International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Print ISSN 0802-6106
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 3
Pages 300-315
Keywords researching multilingually; 用多语开展研究; 研究方法论; 意向性; 生态视角; 研究素养的培养
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