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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: 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: 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”.

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.

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.

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 (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.