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This is a sociolinguistic series about the relationship between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical approach to the subject, challenging current orthodoxies, and dealing with familiar topics in new ways.

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Competing Discourses Perspective and Ideology in Language

Competing Discourses: Perspective and Ideology in Language

1st Edition

By David Lee
April 06, 1992

This book discusses and explores the relationship between language and world view. David Lee presents recent research in linguistics, drawing together strands from a number of different areas of the subject: the nature of linguistic and conceptual categories, the role of metaphor in the everyday ...

London Jamaican Language System in Interaction

London Jamaican: Language System in Interaction

1st Edition

By Mark Sebba
February 23, 2017

London Jamaican provides the reader with a new perspective on African descent in London. Based on research carried out in the early 1980s, the author examines the linguistic background of the community, with special emphasis on young people of the first and second British-born generations....

Gender and Discourse Language and Power in Politics, the Church and Organisations

Gender and Discourse: Language and Power in Politics, the Church and Organisations

1st Edition

By Clare Walsh
August 28, 2001

Real Language Series General Editors:Jennifer Coates, Jenny Cheshire, Euan Reid This is a sociolinguistics series about the relationships between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical...

Stolen Language? Plagiarism in Writing

Stolen Language?: Plagiarism in Writing

1st Edition

By Shelley Angelil-Carter
May 24, 2000

Real Language SeriesGeneral Editors-Jennifer Coates, Jenny Cheshire and Euan ReidThis is a sociolinguistic series about the relationships between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical ...

Rethinking Language and Gender Research Theory and Practice

Rethinking Language and Gender Research: Theory and Practice

1st Edition

By Victoria Bergvall
November 12, 1996

Rethinking Language and Gender Research is the first book focusing on language and gender to explicitly challenge the dichotomy of female and male use of language. It represents a turning point in language and gender studies, addressing the political and social consequences of popular beliefs about...

Real English The Grammar of English Dialects in the British Isles

Real English: The Grammar of English Dialects in the British Isles

1st Edition

By James Milroy, Lesley Milroy
November 08, 1993

While it is accepted that the pronunciation of English shows wide regional differences, there is a marked tendency to under-estimate the extent of the variation in grammar that exists within the British Isles today. In addressing this problem, Real English brings together the work of a number of ...

Power Talk Language and Interaction in Institutional Discourse

Power Talk: Language and Interaction in Institutional Discourse

1st Edition

By Joanna Thornborrow
December 18, 2001

The concept of social power, who holds it and how they use it is a widely debated subject particularly in the field of discourse analysis, and the wider arena of sociolinguistics. In her new book,Joanna Thornborrow challenges the received notion that power is necessarily held by some speakers and ...

Critical Language Awareness

Critical Language Awareness

1st Edition

By Norman Fairclough
August 18, 2016

The proliferation of language awareness has now led to a need for a reassessment of the nature and functions of language awareness. This accessible collection of essays addresses that need in developing a more rigorous and critical theoretical underpinning for what language awareness is and should ...

Social Literacies Critical Approaches to Literacy in Development, Ethnography and Education

Social Literacies: Critical Approaches to Literacy in Development, Ethnography and Education

1st Edition

By Brian V. Street
June 09, 1995

Social Literacies develops new and critical approaches to the understanding of literacy in an international perspective. It represents part of the current trend towards a broader consideration of literacy as social practices, and as its title suggests, it focuses on the social nature of reading and...

Language, Bureaucracy and Social Control

Language, Bureaucracy and Social Control

1st Edition

By Srikant Sarangi, Stefan Slembrouck
February 09, 2015

Language, Bureaucracy and Social Control explores the varying inter-relationships between language, forms of bureaucratic organisation and social control. The text provides a detailed examination of the discursive dimensions of some of the key techniques of modern power: the 'productive' ...

Women, Men and Politeness

Women, Men and Politeness

1st Edition

By Janet Holmes
February 09, 2015

Women, Men and Politeness focuses on the specific issue of the ways in which women and men express politeness verbally.Using a range of evidence and a corpus of data collected largely from New Zealand, Janet Holmes examines the distribution and functions of a range of specific verbal politeness ...

Childly Language Children, language and the social world

Childly Language: Children, language and the social world

1st Edition

By Alison Sealey
March 13, 2000

Childly Language explores how attitudes and cultural assumptions about children and childhood are revealed in contemporary English. It addresses such questions as: How is concern for children's safety and welfare reflected in the vocabulary and grammar of contemporary English? and When we say that ...

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