The agonism and the ecstacy: conflict and argument in applied linguistics
Richard Badger [+]
University of Leeds
This chapter describes an investigation into agonism in applied linguistics using a corpus of four sets of three articles, where the sets are made up of an original article, a response and a reply to that response by the author or authors of the original article. The chapter presents some evidence for saying that extended arguments lead to a focus on boundaries between disciplines and sub-disciplines and also that the arguments become more personal as they go on.