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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Media

1st Edition

Edited by Colleen Cotter, Daniel Perrin


572 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Media provides an accessible and comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research in media linguistics. This handbook analyzes both language theory and practice, demonstrating the vital role of this research in understanding language use in society. With over thirty chapters contributed by leading academics from around the world, this handbook:

  • addresses issues of language use, form, structure, ideology, practice, and culture in the context of both traditional and new communication media;
  • investigates mediated language use in public spheres, organizations, and personal communication, including newspaper journalism, broadcasting, and social media;
  • examines the interplay of language and media from both linguistic and media perspectives, discussing auditory and visual media and graphic modes, as well as language and gender, multilingualism, and language change;
  • analyzes the advantages and shortcomings of current approaches within media linguistics research and outlines avenues for future research.

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Media is a must-have survey of this key field, and is essential reading for those interested in media linguistics.


"Cotter and Perrin have assembled a stellar cast of established and emerging sociolinguists, discourse analysts and communication scholars to deliver a cutting-edge, critical and comprehensive reference book for the study of print, broadcast and online media."

Adam Jaworski, The University of Hong Kong

"Bringing together an impressive and convincing selection of leading names and emerging scholars, and covering a range of contexts, media and technological domains, and methodological approaches, this collection represents an essential ‘state of the art’ for all those interested in the field of media linguistics."

Helen Kelly-Holmes, University of Limerick, Ireland

Table of Contents

Introduction - Colleen Cotter and Daniel Perrin

Part A Research frameworks and methods: Summarising the field(s)

1 Media Linguistic Approaches - Daniel Perrin

2 Sociolinguistic Approaches - Jane Stuart-Smith

3 Cognitive Approaches - Anna Pleshakova

4 Critical Approaches - Michal Kryzyzanowski and David Machin

5 Ethnographic Approaches - Colleen Cotter and Diana ben-Aaron

6 Corpus Approaches - Sylvia Jaworska

Part B Media contexts and domains: Locating relevance

7 Media Discourse, Technological Change and Broadcast Talk - Martin Montgomery

8 Politics and Framing - Elisabeth Wehling

9 Media Markets and Political Economy - Mark Allen Peterson

10 Journalism and Public Discourse - Martin Conboy and Scott Eldridge

11 Organizations and Corporate Communication - Geert Jacobs

12 Social Media and Community Building - Aleksandra Gnach

Part C Media and modes: Mapping out variation in language use

13 Auditory Media - Jürg Häusermann

14 Visual Media - Helen Caple

15 Surveillant Media - Rodney Jones

16 Linguistic Modes - Diana ben-Aaron

17 Graphic Modes - Wibke Weber and Martin Engebretsen

18 Combining Modes - Agnieszka Lyons

19 Future Modes - Astrid Ensslin

Part D Language in focus: Highlighting sociocultural complexity

20 Language Policy and the Media - Rachelle Vessey

21 Media, Language, and Gender - Tommaso Milani

22 Media and Minority Languages - Elisabeth Le and Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed

23 Multilingualism and Media - Daniel Perrin, Maureen Ehrensperger-Dow and Marta Zampa

24 Media and Translation - Krisztina Károly

25 Media and Language Change - Jannis Androutsopoulos

26 Media and Quoting - Lauri Haapanen and Daniel Perrin

Part E Operationalizing media practice: Identifying outcomes and impact

27 Interacting to Mediatize - Steven Clayman and Laura Loeb

28 Routinizing Communication - Martin Luginbühl

29 Schematisizing Information - Jürgen Spitzmüller

30 Transforming Knowledge - Gitte Gravengaard

31 Participating with Media - Jan Chovanec

32 Tracing and Tracking Impact - Cornelius Puschmann and Antonio Compagnone


About the Editors

Colleen Cotter is Reader in Media Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Daniel Perrin is Professor of Media Linguistics at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

Subject Categories

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