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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Professional Communication

ISBN 9781138281783
Published October 27, 2016 by Routledge
612 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Professional Communication provides a broad coverage of the key areas where language and professional communication intersect and gives a comprehensive account of the field.

The four main sections of the Handbook cover:

  • Approaches to Professional Communication
  • Practice
  • Acquisition of Professional Competence
  • Views from the Professions

This invaluable reference book incorporates not only an historical view of the field, but also looks to possible future developments. Contributions from international scholars and practitioners, focusing on specific issues, explore the major approaches to professional communication and bring into focus recent research.

This is the first handbook of language and professional communication to account for both pedagogic and practitioner perspectives and as such is an essential reference for postgraduate students and those researching and working in the areas of applied linguistics and professional communication.

Table of Contents


A. General theoretical frameworks

  1. Analysing Discourse Variation in Professional Contexts - Vijay Bhatia
  2. Corpus Analyses of Professional Discourse - Winnie Cheng
  3. A Situated Genre Approach for Business Communication Education
  4. in Cross-cultural Contexts - Yunxia Zhu

  5. Stretching the Multimodal Boundaries of Professional Communication

in Multi-Resources Kits - Carmen Daniela Maier

  1. Broad disciplinary frameworks

  1. Business Communication - Catherine Nickerson
  2. Business Communication: A Revisiting of Theory, Research, and Teaching - Bertha Du-Babcock
  3. Research on Knowledge-Making in Professional Discourses: - Graham Smart, Stephani Currie, and
  4. The Use of Theoretical Resources Matt Falconer

  5. Technical Communication - Saul Carliner
  6. The Complexities of Communication in Professional Workplaces - Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra
  7. Electronic Media in Professional Communication - Goodman, Michael B. & Hirsch, Peter B.
  8. The Role of Translation in Professional Communication - Marta Chroma

  1. Specific disciplinary frameworks

  1. Management Communication: Getting Work Done Through People - Priscilla S. Rogers
  2. Business and the Communication of Climate Change:
  3. An Organizational Discourse Perspective - David Grant and Daniel Nyberg

  4. Professionalizing Organizational Communication Discourses, Materialities, - Patrice M. Buzzanell, Jeremy P. Fyke,
  5. and Trends and Robyn V. Remke

  6. Corporate Communication - Finn Frandsen and Winni Johansen
  7. Corporate Communication and the Role of Annual Reporting – Identifying
  8. Areas for Further Research - Elizabeth de Groot


    A. Pedagogic perspectives

  9. A Blended Needs Analysis -- Critical Genre Analysis and Needs Analysis
  10. of Language and Communication for Professional Purposes - Jane Lung

  11. The Changing Landscape of Business Communication - Sujata Kathpalia and Koo Swit Ling
  12. Methodology for Teaching ESP - William Littlewood

B. Disciplinary perspectives

  1. English for Science and Technology - Lindsay Miller
  2. Communicative Dimensions of Professional Accounting Work - Alan Jones
  3. Professional Communication in the Legal Domain - Christoph A. Hafner
  4. Communication in the Construction Industry - Michael Handford
  5. Offshore Outsourcing: The Need for Appliable Linguistics - Gail Forey
  6. Media Communication: Current Trends and Future Challenges - Isabel Corona
  7. The Public Relations Industry and its Place in Professional Communication
  8. Theory and Practice: past, present and future perspectives - Anne Peirson-Smith


  9. Communities in Studies of Discursive Practices and Discursive Practices
  10. in Communities - Becky S.C. Kwan

  11. The Formation of a Professional Communicator: A Socio-Rhetorical
  12. Approach - Natasha Artemeva and Janna Fox

  13. Collaborative Writing: Challenges for Research and Teaching - Stephen Bremner
  14. Training the Call Centre Communications Trainers in the Asian BPO Industry - Jane Lockwood
  15. Credentialing of Communication Professionals - Saul Carliner


  1. Banking
  2. Law
  3. Accounting


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Vijay Bhatia is an Adjunct Professor in Macquarie University and University of Malaya. He is author of  Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings (1993) and Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View (2004).

Stephen Bremner is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. His main research interests are workplace writing, and the ways in which students make the transition from the academy to the workplace.


'A handbook like this is long overdue. Professional communication, especially from the workplace vantage point, has long been overshadowed by interest in exclusively academic communication. Bhatia and Bremner have brought together a host of specialists in English for specific purposes, genre analysis, business communication and other related areas, as well as representatives of such fields as banking and law, all of whom contribute to what becomes, in effect, a compelling argument for learning more about written, spoken, and multimodal communication in professional communities.' 

Diane Belcher, Georgia State University, USA