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Poetry Textbooks Poetry Textbooks | Chapter Sampler

This chapter sampler brings together a selection of chapters that showcase our range of textbooks on Poetry. Download your free copy of the chapter sampler.


Cover of Speaking my Soul by John Rickford Author Interview: John Russell Rickford on Speaking my Soul

In this series of short interviews, John Russell Rickford discusses his autobiography, Speaking my Soul. He explores the development of his interest in socioinguistics, and Black Talk in particiular, as well as his life and the development of his own identity. 

a man reads a giant book How Reading Will Help Your Writing and Add Pleasure to Your Life

Roslyn Petelin, author of How Writing Works, examines the connection between reading and the development of strong writing skills.

Translation, Semiotics and Feminism book cover Discover Translation, Semiotics, and Feminism

Eva C. Karpinski and Elena Basile, authors of Translation, Semiotics, and Feminism introduce their new book in this short video.


Routledge Introductions to American Literature chapter sampler Routledge Introductions to American Literature chapter sampler

Routledge Introductions to American Literature provide critical introductions to the most important topics in American Literature, outlining the key literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts. This chapter sampler showcases titles from the series, giving you the chance to take a sneak peek at each book.   

Digital Humanities chapter sampler Digital Humanities Chapter Sampler

This chapter sampler on Digital Humanities incorporates chapters from some of Routledge's titles in the field. Enter your details to download your free copy.   


a typewriter with a typed page emerging Why Write Essays? Why Read Essays?

Why do people write essays? Why had essay writing become a key part of student assessment? In this blog, Johnny Rodger explores these questions and asks why the essay form is so important. 

The History of Late Modern Englishes Author Interview: Keith Johnson on the History of English

In this series of short videos, Keith Johnson, author of The History of Late Modern Englishes, explores recent developments in the English language, tells us his thoughts on whether there is one correct way to speak English, and discusses where how he thinks English will develop in the future. 

a woman cups a hand to her ear to listen Transcultural Communication: what it is and why we are all doing it

Will Baker, co-author of Trancultural Communication Through Global Englishes, examines the challenges and our understanding of intercultural communication.  

New Books in Applied Linguistics chapter sampler New Books in Applied Linguistics (chapter sampler)

This chapter sampler showcases chapters from some of our latest textbooks in the field of Applied Linguistics. Download your free copy now. 


David Crystal's Introduction to Language David Crystal's Introduction to Language: A Complete Course

Now available for the first time to licence for use as a digital resource for your courses, for online learning resources, or for part of a digital course pack. Routledge has a dedicated Global rights team with a wealth of experience in licensing rights worldwide and we welcome your licensing enquiries.

abstract purple, yellow and blue design Routledge Translation Studies Portal

This portal provides researchers and students with a wealth of free resources, such as glossaries, reading lists, podcasts, and popular research from our journals.

close up of a globe The Routledge Language and Communication Portal

This portal provides practical resources, weblinks, and engaging reading materials within five distinct subject areas. This is the perfect place to find resources to support and enrich our latest publications.

English is surrounded by technological icons Innovations in English and how we react to them

Keith Johnson, author of The History of Late Modern Englishes, delves into the development of 'Englishes', and examines how technological innovation has impacted the English language.

two people greet each other Diversity, belonging and the second language acquisition of Spanish

How do teachers develop diversity and belonging in the second language classroom? Kimberley L. Geeslin, Avizia Y. Long, and Megan Solon, authors of The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language, explore how the factors can be a tool for redefining successful communication.

two people reading together From Solitary Reading to Collaborative Action

Can reading provide us with the survival skills to cope with a crisis? Sofia Ahlberg, author of Teaching Literature in Times of Crisis, examines how critical reading skills can be applied to coping with real-world events.

a pile of books and clock on a desk Speaking and Writing in the time of Covid-19

Alan Cruttenden, author of Writing Systems and Phonetics, examines the connection between written and spoken language, and the impact the pandemic has had on it.

silhouette of people talking Shifting Sands: Identity and Intercultural Communication

Recent events and developments in different parts of the world have also impacted on our understandings of ourselves and others, even if we do not feel these events and developments have touched us directly. Authors Martin Hyde and John Kullman explore how these events are bound up with questions of identity, culture and communication.

a woman with a speech bubble next to her What is Sociolinguistics? (Infographic)

Is Sociolinguistics about how individuals use language? How people use language differently in different regions? Or how a nation decides what languages will be recognised in courts or education? This infographic provides a brief introduction for your students.

An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics Alison May on Forensic Linguistics (Author Interview)

What is forensic linguistics? What impact does it have in the legal system? Is it possible to identify an individual author through their use of language? In this interview, forensic linguist Alison May discusses these issues and tells us why the study of forensic linguistics is important.

Questions About Language Questions About Language: Is Talking Work Doing Work?

When exploring is talking work doing work? authors Jo Angouri and Ifigeneia Machili discuss one of the most common tasks in the workplace, the reaching of decisions.


Questions About Language Questions About Language: Why do People Swear?

The first article in our Questions About Language series challenges the popular view that swearing is a sign of verbal deficiency, and that people resort to cuss words when they have no others at their disposal. And yet, comments author Kate Burridge, there is no research that suggests this link, and nothing to support the branding of swearers as “ignorant”, “lazy” or “stupid”.

Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design Theo Van Leeuwen on Reading Images  (Author Interview)

In this series of short videos, Theo Van Leeuwen, co-author of Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design takes us through the development of this landmark textbook, discusses the orgins of the authors' theory of the grammar of visual communication, and tells us his thoughts about what the future holds for the field.

Ecolinguistics: Language, Ecology and the Stories We Live By Arran Stibbe on Ecolinguistics  (Author Interview)

How does language influence the debate around climate change? What role does language occupy in matters of global importance? Can a focus on language lead to real change in the world? Arran Stibbe, author of Ecolinguistics: Language, Ecology and the Stories We Live By, discusses these questions.

Discourses of Brexit Veronika Koller on Discourses of Brexit (Author Interview)

In this short video, Veronika Koller, Routledge author and co-editor of the recent title Discourses of Brexit discusses the language of Brexit, examining the impact of the language choices of the Leave and Remain campaigns, and how the language of Brexit has developed over time.

Linguistic Justice Linguistic Justice (Free Chapter)

Bringing together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism and white linguistic supremacy, this book provides ethnographic snapshots of how Black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts. Download your free chapter here.