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:
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.
"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
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