Language, Society and Power is an accessible introduction to studying language in a variety of social contexts.
This book examines the ways language functions, how it influences the way we view society 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.
The fifth edition of this popular textbook features:
Language, Society and Power assumes no linguistic background among readers, and is a must-read for all students of English language and linguistics, media, communication, cultural studies, sociology and psychology who are studying language and society for the first time.
"Language, Society, and Power is an outstanding introduction to the field of sociolinguistics. It addresses topics and issues that are important in the linguistics field but also make immediate and clear connections to students' daily life… Whenever I ask classes if I should use this text again, the students always say yes – with great enthusiasm."
Joy Janzen, Stony Brook University, USA
"This latest edition is an excellent text to introduce students to Sociolinguistics… I particularly enjoyed the way issues of power and ideology thread through the text with up-to-date examples. Language, Society and Power is an invaluable tool for practitioners and any would-be-practitioner in the fields of language and society."
Ayo Amuda, University of South Wales, UK
"I adopted this text for my undergraduate general education course on 'Language and Culture' at National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan… Highly recommended!"
Victoria Rau, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
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Preface to the fifth edition
Preface to the fourth edition
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Chapter 1: Language?
Chapter 2: Language thought and representation
Chapter 3: Language and politics
Chapter 4: Language and the media
Chapter 5: Linguistic landscapes
Chapter 6: Language and gender
Chapter 7: Language and ethnicity
Chapter 8: Language and age
Chapter 9: Language, class and symbolic capital
Chapter 10: Global Englishes
Chapter 11 Projects