Lower Level 1 – Salon F
This colloquium explores the past, present, and future of applied linguistics to examine the identity of the field. Papers discuss the origins of the field including the issues that united applied linguists and differentiated them from their peers in related disciplines in the middle of the twentieth century. A definition of the field emerges from a variety of sources and seasoned perspectives are contrasted with the insight of graduate students who are planning their futures in the field. Finally, the significance of such introspection is considered as panelists and discussants look to the future of applied linguistics.