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Publication type: Working paper – expertise – study
Title: Developing shared languages : the fundamentals of mutual learning and problem solving in transdisciplinary collaboration
Authors: Whitehouse, Marlies
Rahm, Henrik
Wozniak, Séverine
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-2399
Extent: 9
Issue Date: 2021
Series: Working Papers in Applied Linguistics
Series volume: 20
Publisher / Ed. Institution: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Winterthur
Language: English
Subjects: Transdisciplinarity; Professional setting; Mutual learning; Collaboration
Subject (DDC): 400: Language, linguistics
Abstract: In this preview of the introduction of the special issue of the AILA Review (Volume 34, Number 1), we focus on developing shared languages in and across domains and professional settings. The relation and collaboration between researchers and practitioners has long been discussed within and across applied sciences and theoretical disciplines, mainly in the framework of transdisciplinarity (see AILA Review 2018, 31, for a recent overview). However, research approaches claiming to combine theoretical and practical needs and expectations often lack either solid grounding in empirical data or thorough reflection from theoretical perspectives. This special issue aims to take the discussion further by rethinking transdisciplinarity systematically from theoretical and practical angles as the ubiquity of multi-stakeholder discourses necessitates developing shared languages to facilitate communication and mutual learning – with the ultimate goal to sustainably solve socially relevant problems. From theoretical angles, the contributions explain how and why transdisciplinary research contributes to further developing empirically grounded theories of language use in context in an increasingly digitized and glocalized professional world – and, vice versa, how and why shared languages foster communication across boundaries of domain-specific discourses. From practical angles, the contributions elaborate on potential pitfalls and benefits practitioners can expect from collaborating with researchers from various disciplines. The analyses provided by the contributions in this issue shed light on how shared languages are developed in selected combinations of domains, with their specific settings and genres. Examples include mobile language apps and doctor-patient interactions, executive coaching, corporate communication, and segrationists’ language; military communication and police investigations.
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Appears in collections:Working Papers in Applied Linguistics

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