Richard F. Young

Professor (1993)
7163 Helen C. White Hall
(608) 263-2679
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Applied linguistics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, oral language assessment, discursive practice, classroom discourse

Degrees and Institutions

B.A., Oxford University 1973
M.A., Oxford University, 1975
M.A., University of Reading, 1977
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Selected Publications



Personal Statement

I try to understand the features of communication in face-to-face interactions and relate them to the social and political context of interaction.


Personal Website 

Recent Books

  • Discursive Practice in Language Learning and Teaching

    Richard Young



    Discursive Practice is a theory of the linguistic and socio-cultural characteristics of recurring episodes of face-to-face interaction; episodes that have social and cultural significance to a community of speakers. This book examines the discursive practice approach to language-in-interaction.
  • Language and Interaction: An Advanced Resource Book

    Richard Young, Ed.



    Language and Interaction brings together essential readings in anthropology, discourse studies and sociology in order to introduce key concepts in language and social interaction and to describe how individuals develop skills in social interaction andcreate identities through their use of language.

  • Talking and Testing: Discourse Approaches to the Assessment of Oral Proficiency

    Richard Young & Agnes Weiyun He, Eds.

    John Benjamins


    This book brings together a collection of current research on the assessment of oral proficiency in a second language. The volume addresses the central issue of validity in proficiency assessment: the ways in which the language proficiency interview is accomplished through discourse.
  • Variation in Interlanguage Morphology

    Richard Young

    Peter Lang


    "Young's study is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature of learner speech and the role of variation in SLA." (Robert Bayley, University of Texas, San Antonio) --Studies in Second Language Acquisition, September 1993