1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies

ISBN 9781138913455
Published June 18, 2018 by Routledge
482 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies provides a comprehensive overview of English Language Studies. The book takes a three-pronged approach to examine what constitutes the phenomenon of the English language; why and in what contexts it is an important subject to study; and what the chief methodologies are that are used to study it. In 30 chapters written by leading scholars from around the world, this Handbook covers and critically examines:

  • English Language Studies as a discipline that is changing and evolving in response to local and global pressures;
  • definitions of English, including world Englishes, contact Englishes, and historical and colonial perspectives;
  • the relevance of English in areas such as teaching, politics and the media;
  • analysis of English situated in wider linguistics contexts, including psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and linguistic ethnography.

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies is essential reading for researchers and students working in fields related to the teaching and study of the English language in any context.

Table of Contents

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List of contributors



Introduction – Philip Seargeant, Ann Hewings & Stephen Pihlaja


PART 1: Defining English

  1. The idea of English - Philip Seargeant
  2. The historical study of English - Simon Horobin
  3. English and colonialism - Edgar W. Schneider
  4. World Englishes: disciplinary debates and future directions - Kingsley Bolton
  5. English and multilingualism: a contested history - Ofelia García & Angel M. Y. Lin
  6. Standards in English - Lionel Wee
  7. Contact Englishes - Christina Higgins & Gavin Furukawa
  8. The phonology of English – Robert Fuchs
  9. The grammars of English - Anne O’Keeffe & Geraldine Mark
  10. PART 2: The Relevance of English

  11. The relevance of English language studies in higher education - Ann Hewings
  12. Literacy in English: Literacies in Englishes - Carolyn McKinney
  13. Teaching English as an additional language in Anglophone and Brazilian contexts: different curriculum approaches Constant Leung & Paula Tatianne Carrérra Szundy
  14. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Diane Pecorari
  15. English and social identity - Esther Asprey & Robert Lawson
  16. Language, gender and sexuality – Melissa Yoong
  17. The politics of English - Joe Bennett
  18. Persuasive language - David Hann
  19. Literature and the English language - Geoff Hall
  20. The language of creative writing - Jeremy Scott
  21. Media, power, and representation - Clara Neary & Helen Ringrow
  22. The language of social media - Tereza Spilioti
  23. PART 3: Analysing English

  24. Stylistics: studying literary and everyday style in English - Dan McIntyre & Hazel Price
  25. Sociolinguistics: studying English and its social relations - Ana Deumert
  26. Corpus linguistics: studying language as part of the digital humanities - Gill Philip
  27. Discourse analysis: studying and critiquing language in use - Stephen Pihlaja
  28. Linguistic ethnography: studying English language, cultures and practices - Lian Madsen
  29. The psycholinguistics of English – Christopher J. Hall
  30. Metaphor Studies and English - Zsófia Demjén
  31. Multimodal English – Louise J. Ravelli
  32. English and translation - Sara Laviosa





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Philip Seargeant is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK.

Ann Hewings is Director of Applied Linguistics and English Language at the Open University, UK.

Stephen Pihlaja is Reader in Stylistics at Newman University, Birmingham, UK.