The Language, Society and Power Reader is the definitive Reader for students studying introductory modules in language and society.
Highly user-friendly, this wide-ranging collection of key readings introduces students to the thoughts and writings of major writers working within the area of sociolinguistics. The Language, Society and Power Reader:
- is divided into ten thematic sections that explore the nature of language in the following areas: power, politics, media, gender, ethnicity, age, social class, identity and standardisation
- includes classic foundational readings from renowned scholars, but also innovative and contemporary work from new writers in the area
- provides a wealth of editorial support for each section with detailed section introductions and background information, issues to consider, annotated further reading and suggestions for further viewing
- features a glossary with helpful definitions and information on how the readings link to different areas.
While it can be used as a stand-alone text, The Language, Society and Power Reader has also been fully cross-referenced with the new companion title: Language, Society and Power, third edition (Routledge, 2011). Together these books provide the complete resource for students studying modules in language and society in English language and linguistics, media, communication, cultural studies, sociology and psychology.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Language and Power 1.1 David Crystal, How to look after Languages: recognizing functions and How to look after languages: recognizing varieties 1.2 Norman Fairclough, Global capitalism and critical awareness of language Section 2: Language and Thought 2.1 Geoffrey Pullum, The great Eskimo vocabulary hoax 2.2 Benjamin Lee Whorf, The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behaviour to Language 2.3 John Lucy, Through the Window of Language: Assessing the Influence of Language Diversity on Thought Section 3: Language and Politics 3.1 Geoffrey Nunberg, Media: Label whores 3.2 Naima Boussofara-Omar, Learning the ‘linguistic habitus’ of a politician: A presidential authoritative voice in the making 3.3 Anne-Marie Simon-Vanedbergen, Peter R R White and Karin Aijmer, Propositions and 'taking-for-granted' in mass communicated political argument: an illustration from British, Flemish and Swedish political colloquy Section 4: Language and Media 4.1 Anthea Irwin, Race and Ethnicity in the Media 4.2 Laura Miller, Those Naughty Teenage Girls: Japanese Kogals, Slang, and Media Assessments 4.3 Joanna Thornborrow, Authenticating Talk: Building Public Identities in Audience Participation Broadcasting Section 5: Language and Gender 5.1 Anne Pauwels, Linguistic sexism and feminist linguistic activism 5.2 Mary Talbot, ‘I wish you'd stop interrupting me!' Interruptions and asymmetries in speaker-rights in 'equal encounters' 5.3 Deborah Cameron, Performing gender identity: Young men's talk and the construction of heterosexual masculinity Section 6: Ethnicity 6.1 Teun A. van Dijk, Racist Discourse 6.2 Diana Eades, Telling and Retelling Your Story in Court: Questions, Assumptions and Intercultural Implications Section 7: Language and Age 7.1 Sinfree Makoni and Karen Grainger, Comparative Gerontolinguistics: Characterizing Discourses in Caring Institutions in South Africa and the United Kingdom 7.2 Penelope Eckert, Adolescent Language Section 8: Language and Social Class 8.1 Paul Kerswill, Mobility, meritocracy and dialect levelling: the fading (and phasing) out of Received Pronunciation 8.2 William Labov, Academic Ignorance and Black Intelligence 8.3 Michael Gos, Overcoming social class markers: preparing working class students for college Section 9: Language and Identity 9.1 Penelope Eckert, The meaning of style 9.2 John Olsson, The Man with the Baseball Bat 9.3 Audrei Gesser, Learning about Hearing People in the Land of the Deaf: An Ethnographic Account Section 10: Standard Englishes 10.1 Jacqueline Lam Kam-Mei, Asia’s Englishes and World Englishes: Interview with Braj B Kachru 10.2 B. E. Evans, English as official state language in Ohio: market forces trump ideology 10.3 Jennifer Jenkins, English as a lingua franca: interpretations and attitudes
Annabelle Mooney is a Reader in English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University, UK.
Jean Stilwell Peccei is a former Visiting Lecturer in the English Language and Linguistics programme at Roehampton University, UK.
Suzanne LaBelle is a Lecturer in English Language and Communication at Kingston University, UK.
Berit Engøy Henriksen attended The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She then studied at Roehampton University, graduating with an MRes in Sociolinguistics in 2009.Eva Eppler is Senior Lecturer and convenor of the MRes in Sociolinguistics at Roehampton University, UK.
Satori Soden has taught at both Roehampton and Goldsmiths College, UK.
Pia Pichler is a Lecturer in Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Anthea Irwin is Programme Leader of the BA (Hons.) Media & Communication degree at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
"A thorough introduction to language in society that directly addresses issues of power. The practical research activities it provides will prove a valuable resource for students and teachers alike." Adam Hodges, Carnegie Mellon University, USA