Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 14:04:56 -0400


Subject: Query Also Posted to ADS-L

The Ph.D. program in Modern Foreign Languages at the University

of Tennessee has a minor concentration in Applied Linguistics. (The

University has no Linguistics Department, but does have an

interdepartmental undergraduate degree program in linguistics.)

Members of that program have been asked to put together a reading

list for graduate Ph.D.. candidates who select Applied Linguistics as

a second concentration. The students are primarily French, Spanish

and German graduate students who will be taking some linguistics

courses in various departments to fulfill the requirements for this

second concentration. Those requirements consist of 2 courses in

Applied ling. in the target language (Spanish, French, German), two

courses in Applied ling., but not necessarily in the target language.

They are also required to take two additional courses in general


Those of us on the Linguistics Committee at the U of Tennessee are

discussing among ourselves whether a reading list is the best way to

help people outside the field pinpoint what the field encompasses.

Some of are in favor of specifying topics or skills, etc., rather than

indicating what books one should have read.

I would be grateful for comments from colleagues who have

wrestled with this problem elsewhere. If there is sufficient

discussion, I'll post a summary to the list.


Bethany Dumas