Working with Texts

A Core Introduction to Language Analysis

By Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger, Nikki Swift

Edited by Adrian Beard

© 2007 – Routledge

266 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Working with Texts is a well established textbook that introduces students to the main principles of language analysis, through contemporary text examples. Covering a wide range of language areas, the book uses an interactive, activity-based approach to support students' understanding of language structure and variety.

The third edition includes: new material on analyzing sound; an updated range of texts, including literary extracts, advertisements, newspaper articles, comic book strips, excerpts from popular comedy sketches, political speeches, telephone discourse, and internet chat; new extension work to support student-directed study; detailed suggestions after each unit for further reading within the Intertext series as a whole; and an updated list of URLs.

Reviews

'A most flexible book… an invaluable resource both for the quality and presentation of its source material and for the clarity and economy of its writing.' Renee Stanton, The English and Media Magazine

'[This] book, through which a range of insights are made eminently accessible, without condescention… give[s] the serious student not only a wide range of knowledge, but also a high degree of communicative competence.' Jean-Pierre can Noppen, Linguistics and Poetics Journal

"This is an excellent introductory textbook, ideal for beginner students of

language studies since it works as an introduction, and is informative,

challenging, engaging and entertaining." -- Vilelmini Sosoni, Linguist List

Table of Contents

1. Signs 2. Sounds 3. Words and Things 4. Sentences and Structure 5. Text and Context: Written Discourse 6. Text and Context: Spoken Discourse 7. Applications

About the Series

Intertext

The series consists of a foundation text, Working With Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis, which looks at language aspects essential for the analysis of texts, and a range of satellite texts. These apply aspects of language to a particular topic area in more detail. They complement the core text and can also be used alone, providing the user has the foundation skills provided by the core text.
Benefits of using this series:
* Unique - written by a team of respected teachers and practitioners whose ideas and activities have also been trialled independently
* Multi-disciplinary - provides a foundation for the analysis of texts, supporting students who want to achieve a detailed focus on language
* Accessible - no previous knowledge of language analysis is assumed
* Comprehensive - wide coverage of different genres: literary texts, notes, memos, signs, advertisements, leaflets, speeches, conversation
* Student-friendly - contains suggestions for further reading; activities relating to texts studied; commentaries after activities; key terms highlighted and an index of terms
This accessible series, written by an outstanding team of authors, experienced in language teaching, curriculum development, examining and writing, provides ideas and activities arising from experience and practice. Each title has multi-disciplinary appeal but will be particularly useful to A-Level students and teachers and to undergraduates of English Language, Linguistics or English Literature. They will also be of interest to teachers and students of EFL and ESL language courses.
Foundation coursebook:
Working With Texts: A Core Book for Language Analysis, Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard, Maggie Bowring, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger
Satellite titles:
The Language of Advertising Angela Goddard, The Language of Fiction Keith Sanger, The Language of Humour Alison Ross, The Language of Newspapers Danuta Reah, The Language of Poetry John McRae, The Language of Sport Adrian Beard.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU029050
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General