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Using English

2nd Edition

Edited by Janet Maybin, Neil Mercer, Ann Hewings


312 pages | 42 Color Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415376822
pub: 2006-12-13
Hardback: 9780415376815
pub: 2006-12-12
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Using English provides an invaluable introduction to the study of English for students of language and linguistics. It examines the way in which the English language is used today in different contexts and in many parts of the world, by both native and non-native speakers. Issues of language use in speech and writing, in work and play, and in persuading and informing are explored and illustrated with data and readings from around the English-using world. The reader is introduced to the adaptations and variations in English language use and to debates relating to how these are perceived and evaluated by different groups of users.

For this second edition, key material from the earlier bestselling book, Using English: From Conversation to Canon, has been reorganized and updated, and entirely new material has been introduced. This new content is based on recent research in the field, as well as on contemporary thinking about how speakers and writers use the English language to accomplish a huge range of purposes in a variety of linguistic and cultural settings. Drawing on The Open University's wide experience of writing accessible and innovative texts, this book:

  • explains basic concepts, easily located through a comprehensive index
  • includes contributions by experts in the field, such as Mike Baynham, Adrian Beard, Guy Cook, Sharon Goodman, Almut Koester, Janet Maybin and Neil Mercer
  • contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to supplement chapters.


'The strength of this book lies in its practical character. Theoretical notions

are indeed very well related to practice and this renders it a very useful

resource to English language use. Thanks to both the variety of sources used in

this volume as well as the topics covered in the extra readings the readers are

left with a desire for further information… The volume is engaging, challenging and well documented.' - Linguist List

Table of Contents

1. Everyday Talk 2. Using English to Persuade 3. Language Play in English 4. Literacy Practices in English 5. English at Work 6. Market Forces Speak English 7. Good and Bad English

Subject Categories

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