Language, Society and Power is the essential introductory text to studying language in a variety of social contexts.
This book examines the ways language functions, how it influences thought and how it varies according to age, ethnicity, class and gender. It considers whether representations of people and their language matter, explores how identity is constructed and performed, and considers the creative potential of language in the media, politics and everyday talk.
This fourth edition has been completely revised to include recent developments in theory and research and offers the following features:
Language, Society and Power is a must-read for students of English language and linguistics, media, communication, cultural studies, sociology and psychology.
1. What is Language?
2. Language Thought and Representation.
3. Language and Politics
4. Language and the Media
5. Linguistic Landscapes
6. Language and Gender and Sexuality
7. Language and Ethnicity
8. Language and Age
9. Language and Social Class
10. Global Englishes and the Standard Language Debate