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The Language of Pop Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Valentin Werner


272 pages | 55 B/W Illus.

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This collection brings together contributions from both leading and emerging scholars in one comprehensive volume to showcase the richness of linguistic approaches to the study of pop culture and their potential to inform linguistic theory building and analytical frameworks. The book features examples from a dynamic range of pop culture registers, including lyrics, the language of fictional TV series, comics, and musical subcultures, as a means of both providing a rigorous and robust description of these forms through the lens of linguistic study but also in outlining methodological issues involved in applying linguistic approaches. The volume also explores the didactic potential of pop culture, looking at the implementation of pop culture traditions in language learning settings. This collection offers unique insights into the interface of linguistic study and the broader paradigm of pop culture scholarship, making this an ideal resource for graduate students and researchers in applied linguistics, English language, media studies, cultural studies, and discourse analysis.

Table of Contents

Part I: Context

1. Linguistics and pop culture: Setting the scene(s)

Valentin Werner

2. Pop culture and linguistics – is that, like, a thing now?

Joe Trotta

Part II: Comics

3. Pardon my French… and German… and Spanish…: (Mis)speaking in tongues in Marvel comics

Shane Walshe

4. Linguistic discourse in web comics: Extending conversation and narrative into alt-text and hidden comics

Frank Bramlett

Part III: Music and Lyrics

5. Pop culture and the globalization of non-standard varieties of English: Jamaican Creole in German reggae subculture

Michael Westphal

6. "Britpop is a thing, damn it": On British attitudes toward American English and an Americanized singing style

Lisa Jansen

Part IV: TV and Movies

7. Variation in movies and television programs: The impact of corpus sampling

Marcia Veirano Pinto

8. Verbal humor in crime drama television: A cognitive-linguistic approach to popular TV series

Christoph Schubert

Part V: Pop meets EFL

9. An analysis of pop songs for teaching English as a foreign language: Bridging the gap between corpus analysis and teaching practice

Theresa Summer

10. Song lyrics: From Multi-Dimensional Analysis to the foreign language classroom

Patricia Bértoli

11. (Im)politeness rituals in The Young Pope and teaching pragmatics

Silvia Bruti


12. Analyzing pop culture

Monika Bednarek

About the Editor

Valentin Werner is assistant professor of English and Historical Linguistics at the University of Bamberg. His recent publications include two books on the present perfect (2014, 2016), a co-edited special issue of the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research (2018), and contributions to journals such as English Language and Linguistics, English World-Wide, and Corpora.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General