1st Edition

Language and Interaction An Advanced Resource Book

By Richard F. Young Copyright 2008
    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    Routledge Applied Linguistics is a series of comprehensive textbooks, providing students and researchers with the support they need for advanced study in the core areas of English Language and Applied Linguistics.

    Each book in the series guides readers through three main sections, enabling them to explore and develop major themes within the discipline.

    • Section A, Introduction, establishes the key terms and concepts and extends readers’ techniques of analysis through practical application.
    • Section B, Extension, brings together influential articles, sets them in context, and discusses their contribution to the field.
    • Section C, Exploration, builds on knowledge gained in the first two sections, setting thoughtful tasks around further illustrative material. This enables readers to engage more actively with the subject matter and encourages them to develop their own research responses.

    Throughout the book, topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the reader’s understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.

    Language and Interaction:

    • introduces key concepts in language and social interaction
    • describes how individuals develop skills in social interaction and shows how people create identities through their use of language
    • brings together essential readings in anthropology, discourse studies and sociology

    Written by an experienced teacher and researcher in the field, Language and Interaction is an essential resource for students and researchers of applied linguistics and communication studies.

    The accompanying website to this book can be found at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415385534

    Section A: Introduction  Unit A1. Language and Interaction  Unit A2. Talk in Context  Unit A3. Interactional Resources  Unit A4. Discursive Practices  Unit A5. Describing Discursive Practices  Unit A6. Interactional Competence  Unit A7. Talk and Identity  Unit A8. Community and Communities  Unit A9. Developing Skills in Social Interaction  Section B: Extension  Unit B1. The Social Nature of Language and Interaction  Unit B2. Talk in Context  Unit B3. Interactional Resources  Unit B4. Discursive Practices  Unit B5. A Framework for Describing Discursive Practices  Unit B6. Interactional Competence  Unit B7. Co-Constructing Identity  Unit B8. Discourse Communities  Unit B9. Learning in Cultural Communities  Section C: Exploration  Unit C1. Exploring the Nature of Language and Interaction  Unit C2. Exploring the Nature of Context  Unit C3. Exploring Ways of Making Meaning  Unit C4. Different Communities, Different Practices  Unit C5. Patterns of Classroom Discourse  Unit C6. Analyzing Interaction  Unit C7. Constructing Identities  Unit C8. Discovering Communities  Unit C9. Developing Interactional Skills


    Richard F. Young is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.

    "The book is well-structured and reader-friendly thanks to its clear and cohesive
    overall organization...In sum, the resource book suggests a path one may follow to investigate language as social action and offers suggestions for further studies. It represents an outstanding proposal to bridge the gap among different disciplines and theories having them to intersect and interact on naturally occurring data. " Linguist List, May 2009

    'This book provides an excellent, comprehensive resource for teaching degree programmes in the fields of language, social interaction and human communication.  The discussion is always extremely clear and there is a very broad coverage of relevant issues, approaches and methodologies. The discussion is complemented by a range of readings, data, exercises and tasks, making the book also very suitable for self-study.' – Paul Seedhouse, Newcastle University, UK