Contemporary Language Motivation Theory 60 Years Since Gardner and Lambert (1959) Edited by: Ali H. Al-Hoorie, Peter MacIntyre

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18 Nov 2019
Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
Multilingual Matters
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This book brings together contributions from the leaders of the language learning motivation field. The varied chapters demonstrate how Gardner’s work remains integral to a diverse range of contemporary theoretical issues underlying the psychology of language, even today, 60 years after the publication of Gardner and Lambert’s seminal 1959 paper. The chapters cover a wide selection of topics related to applied linguistics, second language acquisition, social psychology, sociology, methodology and historical issues. The book advances thinking on cutting-edge topics in these diverse areas, providing a wealth of information for both students and established scholars that show the continuing and future importance of Gardner and Lambert’s ideas.


This book highlights how Robert Gardner’s seminal work has influenced the research of an array of scholars who, through diverse, rigourous methods, have developed their own important lines of inquiry on topics such as identity, acculturation, emotions, and well-being, culminating in a unique perspective on the social psychology of language and intergroup relations.

- Kimberly A. Noels, University of Alberta, Canada

Anyone seeking an up-to-date assessment of sixty years of motivation research since Gardner and Lambert’s (1959) ground-breaking proposal for a social-educational model will find in this volume a treasure trove of theoretical, empirical, and methodological insights, made all the richer by critical, dialogic engagement alongside personal reminiscences by top researchers in the field.

- Heidi Byrnes, Georgetown University, USA

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about Robert Gardner himself and his personal relationship with some of the renowned authors in this book as well as the significant ways Gardner has made an impact in their personal and professional lives. It is my opinion that this book has the potential to push the field of language learning motivation forward

- LINGUIST List 31.1737 - Jelena Vuksanovic, University of Houston, USA

Author Biography:

Ali H. Al-Hoorie is an Assistant Professor at the English Language Institute, Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professors Zoltán Dörnyei and Norbert Schmitt. His publications have appeared in a number of journals, and he is the co-author (with Phil Hiver) of Research Methods for Complexity Theory in Applied Linguistics (Multilingual Matters, 2020).

Peter D. MacIntyre is Professor of Psychology at Cape Breton University, Canada. His research examines emotion, motivation and cognition across a variety of types of behavior, including interpersonal communication, public speaking, dynamic systems, and learning. He has published several books, including Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning (co-edited with Zoltán Dörnyei and Alastair Henry).

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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