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Applied Linguistic Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Ronald Carter


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How do we teach and learn vocabulary? How do words work in literary texts? In this book, Ronald Carter provides the necessary basis for the further study of modern English vocabulary with particular reference to linguistic descriptive frameworks and educational contexts. Vocabulary: Applied Linguistic Perspectives includes an introductory account of linguistic approaches to the analysis of the modern lexicon in English and discusses key topics such as vocabulary and language teaching, dictionaries and lexicography and the literary, stylistic study of vocabulary.

This Routledge Linguistics Classic includes a substantial new introductory chapter situating the book in the current digital age, covering changes and developments in related fields from lexicography and corpus linguistics to vocabulary testing and assessment as well as additional new references.

Vocabulary: Applied Linguistic Perspectives has been widely praised since first publication for the breadth, depth and clarity of its approach and is a key text for postgraduate students and researchers studying vocabulary within the fields of English Language, Applied Linguistics and Education.


"[A] remarkable piece of linguistic work, embracing the basics while addressing topics or areas of particular interest or technicality. It will not only be a good text for beginners of linguistics… but will also appeal to more advanced readers." - LINGUIST List

Table of Contents

Part I Foundations

1. What's in a word

2. The notion of core vocabulary

3. Words and patterns

4. Lexis and discourse

Part II Reviews

5. Lexis and literary stylistics

6. Lexis and lexicography

7. Learning and teaching vocabulary

Part III Case studies

8. Case study: Lexis, tones and ironies

9. Case study: Style, lexis and the dictionary

About the Author

Ronald Carter is Professor of Modern English Language at the University of Nottingham, UK and has written and edited more than 30 books, including most recently Language and Creativity (2004, Routledge). He is the author and editor of twelve books with Routledge, and has edited and co-edited five Routledge series.

About the Series

Routledge Linguistics Classics

Routledge Linguistics Classics brings together key seminal books from the rich heritage of Routledge linguistics publishing. Each book is reissued with the original text, and also includes an additional new chapter, foreword or afterword to situate these titles in current scholarship. These titles have been deemed classics by leading academics and are essential reading for students and all who need to keep up to date with the field of linguistics.

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