Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 1-7
  3. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 9-38
  4. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 39-69
  5. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 71-104
  6. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 105-143
  7. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 145-189
  8. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 191-216
  9. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 217-251
  10. Seongsook Choi, Keith Richards
    Pages 253-268
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 269-300

About this book


This book uncovers exactly what is involved when researchers from different disciplines engage with one another in research projects. The authors identify the opportunities and difficulties involved in interdisciplinary engagement, and challenge current claims about where the greatest difficulties are to be found. The first part of the book introduces interdisciplinarity and identifies key issues that influence our understanding of it. The second part of the book presents the findings of research based on over 50 hours of recording and nearly 450,000 words of transcript drawn from a number of university faculties, concluding with a discussion of how this might inform interdisciplinary practice. The book is accessible to the non-specialist reader while also being of interest to social scientists working in professional and academic communication. 

Seongsook Choi is a lecturer in the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK. Her current research focuses on interdisciplinary talk, the development of analytical tools for mapping interactional patterns, and representing these dynamically in visual formats. 

Keith Richards worked at the Universities of Aston and Warwick, UK, but is now retired. His publications include Qualitative Inquiry in TESOL, Language and Professional Identity, and Research Methods for Applied Language Studies (with Steven Ross and Paul Seedhouse).


Communication Interactional patterns Applied Linguistics Stakeholder engagement Interdisciplinarity

Authors and affiliations

  • Seongsook Choi
    • 1
  • Keith Richards
    • 2
  1. 1.Moray House School of EducationUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Stratford upon AvonUnited Kingdom

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