1st Edition

The Discourse of Sport Analyses from Social Linguistics

    240 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection brings together innovative research from socially-oriented applied linguists working in sports. Drawing on contemporary approaches to applied linguistics, this book provides readers with in-depth analyses of examples of language-in-use in the context of sport, and interprets them through the lens of larger issues within sport culture and practice. With contributions from an international group of scholars, this an essential reference for scholars and researchers in applied linguistics, discourse analysis, sport communication, sport management, journalism and media studies.

    Foreword: Lindsey J. Meân

    Chapter 1: Discourse, linguistics, sport and the academy: David Caldwell, John Walsh, Elaine W. Vine and Jon Jureidini

    Chapter 2: Language as a key resource for the football coach: a case study of in-game coaching at one Australian Rules club: John Walsh and Jon Jureidini

    Chapter 3: Representations of experience in the language of televised and radio football commentaries: Patterns of similarity and difference in Transitivity: Ben Clarke

    Chapter 4: Personal Assistants, Community Interpreting, and Other Communication Strategies in Multilingual (European) Football Teams: Eva Lavric and Jasmin Steiner

    Chapter 5: ‘I didn't know you were allowed two goalkeepers’: How football managers negotiate invitations to criticise referees in the media: Kieran A. File

    Chapter 6: The interactional construction of evaluation in post-match football interviews: Antje Wilton

    Chapter 7: The Visceral and the Analytics: Discourses in the Evaluation of Sports Players: John Walsh and David Caldwell

    Chapter 8: Constructions of ‘whiteness’: Race, sport and Australian media: Alison Wrench and Robyne Garrett

    Chapter 9: Rankings in Sports Discourse and their Metaphors: Eva Lavric and Josef Weidacher (†)

    Chapter 10: Of Cover Girls and Bad Boys: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of Gendered Keywords in Malaysian Sports News Discourse: Habibah Ismail

    Chapter 11: The Register of Sports News around the World – A Quantitative Study of Field in Newspaper Sports Coverage: Jennifer Fest

    Chapter 12: Results, resolve, reaction: words, images and the functional structure of online match reports: Helen Caple


    David Caldwell is a Lecturer in English Language and Literacy in the School of Education at The University of South Australia.

    John Walsh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

    Elaine W. Vine is a Honorary Research Associate in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies  at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

    Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, Australia.