Epilogue: Future Directions—What Next?

  • Janet HolmesEmail author
Part of the Communicating in Professions and Organizations book series (PSPOD)


The themes identified in this volume represent the cutting edge of applied linguistics research in professional contexts and hence provide a reliable indication of future directions for research in this area. The integration of practitioners’ perspectives and the space assigned to their voices also suggest the direction of applied linguistics. Other areas which seem likely to expand include research on the challenges of multilingual communication in professional contexts, consideration of issues raised by the cultural diversity evident in many workplaces, and the ever-increasing mobility among employees transitioning between countries, organisations, and professions. The increasing use of multimodal methods and analysis in order to enhance interpretation of the complexities of professional communication in different contexts is also significant. Research focusing on digital technology is steadily growing, involving analysis of discursive and linguistic features plus speedy impact and comprehensible communication of research findings in the service of respectful consultancy, advocacy, and activism.


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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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