Abdesslem, Habib Books1992 0-7734-9653-X
Examines the major trends in linguistics from the beginning of the century to the early 1990s. It traces the developments from system-sentence analysis to research in text-linguistics and spoken discourse analysis. Looks in particular at the contributions of the philosophers of language, ethnographers of communication, social dialectologists, ethnomethodologists,and students of artificial intelligence to the domains of discourse analysis, language acquisition research, syllabus design, methodology, and classroom research. Reference to the Tunisian context is made throughout, discussing the linguistic community, educational system, textbooks, and students' attitudes toward English and the way it is taught.