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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

An introduction to English Language Studies

          PART 1: Defining English

  1. The idea of English
  2. The historical study of English
  3. English and colonialism
  4. World Englishes: disciplinary debates and future directions
  5. English and multilingualism: a contested history
  6. Standards in English
  7. Contact Englishes
  8. The phonology of English
  9. The grammars of English
  10. PART 2: The Relevance of English

  11. The relevance of English language studies in higher education
  12. Literacy in English: Literacies in Englishes
  13. Teaching English as an additional language in Anglophone and Brazilian contexts: different curriculum approaches
  14. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  15. English and social identity
  16. Language, gender and sexuality
  17. The politics of English
  18. Persuasive language
  19. Literature and the English language
  20. The language of creative writing
  21. Media, power, and representation
  22. The language of social media
  23. PART 3: Analysing English

  24. Stylistics: studying literary and everyday style in English
  25. Sociolinguistics: studying English and its social relations
  26. Corpus linguistics: studying language as part of the digital humanities
  27. Discourse analysis: studying and critiquing language in use
  28. Linguistic ethnography: studying English language, cultures and practices
  29. The psycholinguistics of English
  30. Metaphor Studies and English
  31. Multimodal English
  32. English and translation


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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.