Critical Concepts in Linguistics

Routledge Critical Concepts in Linguistics series provides authoritative reprints of the discipline's best and most influential scholarship. This series looks at language from the point of view of the user, at the choices made and the constraints encountered when we use language. Edited by experts in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts and themes into their historical context, as well as providing students and researchers with a snapshot of contemporary debates and current thinking.

  • History of Linguistics

    Edited by John E Joseph

    Although the academic field of linguistics is a product of the 19th century, the form of enquiry into language which it designates is continuous with modes of analysis that date back to ancient times, as practised in various traditions in Asia and Europe (together with the African parts of the…

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  • Language and Migration

    Edited by Ingrid Piller

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  • Vocabulary

    Edited by Stuart Webb

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  • Stylistics

    Edited by Michael Burke

    Stylistics is a multidisciplinary and stimulating field of scientific enquiry with an increasingly significant impact on society, especially in cognitive, civic and pedagogical domains. This new four volume collection will showcase the main developments and the major achievements in stylistics.…

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  • Multimodality

    Edited by Sigrid Norris

    Multimodality is a fast growing area of inquiry as the interest in modes beyond, but always also including language, such as layout, gesture, gaze, or body posture is increasing. A conglomeration of research from various fields interested in examining language as it is embedded in a vast array…

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  • Language and the Media

    Edited by Helen Kelly Holmes

    What makes language in the media different from ‘everyday’ or ‘person-to-person’ domains is the presence - seen or unseen, human or technical – of some intermediary or facilitator, and it is the impact on language by this facilitation or mediation that is the focus of this new 4 volume collection,…

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  • Language Policy and Planning

    Edited by Thomas Ricento

    The field of language policy and planning has evolved over the past half century into a flourishing field of academic inquiry, with identifiable research agendas, methods, and findings. Edited by Thomas Ricento, alongside an editorial advisory group of five leading scholars, this new Routledge…

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  • Language Isolates

    Edited by Stefan Georg

    This new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together the major works of scholarship concerned with the ‘language isolates’ of the world. ‘Isolated’ languages are languages without any known relatives, languages which are not demonstrably part of any ‘language family’, with Etruscan,…

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  • Language Testing and Assessment

    Edited by Antony John Kunnan

    Most scholars consider the birth of modern language testing as a field of study to be the year 1961 with the publication of Robert Lado’s book Language Testing and John Carroll’s chapter ‘Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing’. In the decades since it has grown in scope into a deeper and…

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  • Systemic Functional Linguistics

    Edited by J. R. Martin, Y. J. Doran

    Systemic Functional Linguistics is a functional model of language inspired by the work of Saussure, Hjelmslev, Whorf, and Firth. SFL was developed by Michael Halliday and his colleagues in the 1960s and has grown into a widely studied and research field, with growing interest in China, Latin…

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  • English for Academic Purposes

    Edited by Helen Basturkmen

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) focuses on the types of English learners encounter and use in academic or study situations, usually in higher education contexts, and on the teaching and learning of academic English. It also focuses on the types of English and forms of communication used by…

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  • Language Variation and Change

    Edited by Robert Bayley, Richard Cameron

    This new five-volume anthology of major works has been produced in consultation with an editorial advisory board of distinguished scholars. It brings together the key texts of language variation and change to provide a comprehensive collection that represents the field's …

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  • History of the English Language

    Edited by Elly van Gelderen

    A new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Linguistics series, History of the English Language is a four-volume collection covering the main linguistic issues in the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics of the history of English.…

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  • Historical Linguistics

    Edited by Brian D. Joseph, Hope Dawson

    Historical linguistics is concerned with the way languages change over time, looking both at the distant past and at the present day, and taking as its point of departure the truism that the only constant in language is that it is always changing. This new title from Routledge’s Major Works series,…

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  • Writing Systems

    Edited by Christopher Moseley

    Throughout most of the history of linguistics, the primacy of the spoken word over the written word has been virtually axiomatic. Scholars working at what is perceived as the core of linguistic science, on grammar, sociolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, have generally perceived the written word as…

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  • Language Evolution

    Edited by W. Tecumseh Fitch, Gesche Westphal Fitch

    This new four-volume collection, part of Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Linguistics series, assembles the most important scholarly writings concerning the biological evolution of language, particularly those incorporating a Darwinian view of evolution. Including excerpts from ancient sources such…

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  • Educational Linguistics

    Edited by Nancy H. Hornberger

    What educational approaches best serve language-minority children? What policies, programmes, and circumstances encourage or contribute to minority-language maintenance? How do we make sense of the ecology of language development and socialization in non-traditional settings? And what is the…

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  • Metaphor and Figurative Language

    Edited by Patrick Hanks, Rachel Giora

    With contributions from Aristotle to Lakoff and Johnson, and incorporating the work of philosophers, linguists, literary theorists, and cognitive psychologists, this wide-ranging and multidisciplinary six-volume collection on metaphor and figurative language is a new title from Routledge’s Critical…

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  • Pragmatics II

    Edited by Asa Kasher

    A new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Pragmatics II is a four-volume collection of the very best scholarship on pragmatics. It is an essential successor collection to the editor’s Pragmatics (6 vols.) (978-0-415-11734-0), published in 1998 and described…

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  • Endangered Languages

    Edited by Peter K. Austin, Stuart McGill

    At least half of the seven thousand or so languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing during the 21st century. Although languages have always come and gone, the current rate of language extinction is unprecedented, a loss which not only affects individual communities but also diminishes…

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  • Cognitive Linguistics

    Edited by Adele Goldberg

    This new addition to Routledge’s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Linguistics, brings together the very best and most influential scholarly research on cognitive linguistics. Cognitive Linguistics is a broad approach to language that places psychological reality at the top of the list of…

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  • Second-Language Acquisition

    Edited by Lourdes Ortega

    Second-language acquisition was born in the late 1960s as an interdisciplinary enterprise that borrowed equally from the feeder fields of linguistics, language teaching, child language acquisition, and psychology. Since then, it has expanded considerably in scope and methodology to the point that…

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  • Anthropological Linguistics

    Edited by Bambi Schieffelin, Paul Garrett

    Viewing language as a dynamic semiotic system that shapes and is shaped by cultural, social, and cognitive factors alike, the materials gathered in this new Major Work collection from Routledge explore how people in communities worldwide think about language, talk about language, use language, and…

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  • Semiotics

    Edited by Peer F. Bundgaard, Frederik Stjernfelt

    Semiotics (the study of sign processes—‘semiosis’—and sign systems) embraces linguistics, philosophy, and literary studies, as well as linking to anthropology, art, psychology, and biology. This new Routledge collection helps to make sense of the subject’s huge interdisciplinary corpus of scholarly…

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  • Language Acquisition

    Edited by Charles Yang

    This new addition to Routledge’s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Linguistics, brings together the very best and most influential scholarly research in over half a century of language-acquisition research. The collection represents and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field, by…

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  • Clinical Linguistics

    Edited by Thomas W. Powell, Martin J Ball

    Clinical Linguistics involves the application of linguistic theories and procedures to the study, characterization, and treatment of communicative disorders. Although linguists have long applied their science to a variety of language problems, Clinical Linguistics did not emerge as an autonomous…

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  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism

    Edited by Li Wei

    Although scientific studies of the language behaviour of polyglots began to appear in the nineteenth century, it is only in the last fifty years or so that bilingualism and multilingualism have been recognized as crucial areas of linguistic research. This new four-volume collection from Routledge…

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  • Translation Studies

    Edited by Mona Baker

    Translation Studies has emerged as a thriving interdisciplinary and international area of scholarship. Its rapid growth has been accompanied by diverse forms of translation research and commentary, most falling within, or crossing, traditional academic disciplines such as linguistics, literary…

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  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning

    Edited by Philip Hubbard

    Serious work using computers to support language teaching and learning began in the 1960s, but it was not until the beginning of the 1980s when microcomputers began to proliferate that groups of practitioners began forming professional groups and a formal identification of the field occurred.…

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  • Sociolinguistics

    Edited by Nikolas Coupland, Adam Jaworski

    This title is a new collection in the Routledge Critical Concepts in Linguistics series. In six volumes, it provides a critical synthesis of the key ideas, findings, methods, and approaches that make up the interdisciplinary field of sociolinguistics. It includes both classic texts and contemporary…

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  • Contact Languages

    Edited by John Holm, Susanne Michaelis

    Contact has always been a normal part of the development of languages, from those of ancient empires, those of colonial expansion, and to those of our globalizing planet today. Pidgin and creole studies have merged with the study of other language contact phenomena (adult second-language…

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  • Lexicology

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    Edited by Patrick W Hanks

    This new Routledge Major Work is a six-volume collection of nearly one hundred papers, articles, and extracts covering every aspect of lexicology. It ranges over philosophy of language, prototype theory, artificial intelligence, cognitive linguistics, systemic linguistics, structuralism (European…

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  • Corpus Linguistics

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    Edited by Wolfgang Teubert, Ramesh Krishnamurthy

    Corpora—large collections of written and/or spoken text stored and accessed electronically—provide the means of investigating language that is of growing importance academically and professionally. Corpora are now routinely used in the following fields: the production of dictionaries and other…

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  • Comparative Grammar

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    Edited by Ian Roberts

    The study of comparative grammar has long been a concern of linguistic theory. To the extent that, by studying the aspects of grammar which vary, we might arrive at an idea of what does not vary, this study can be seen as one way of studying universals of grammar. Although it has antecedents in the…

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  • Syntax

    Edited by Robert Freidin, Howard Lasnik

    This collection covers the fundamental concepts and analytic tools of generative transformational syntax of the last half century, from Chomsky's Morphophonemics of Modern Hebrew (1951) to the present day. It makes available, in one place, key published material on important areas such as phrase…

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  • World Englishes

    Edited by Kingsley Bolton, Braj Kachru

    The study of World Englishes has seen a revolutionary shift during the last twenty years. Before 1980, there was a general assumption within Britain, the United States and many other societies where English was taught, that the primary target was the 'Standard English' of Britain. However, during…

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  • Japanese Linguistics

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    Edited by NATSUKO TSUJIMURA

    Traditionally, linguistic research has focused on the Indo-European language family - particularly English - and languages like Japanese and Chinese have not been pursued in theoretical developments. However, once scholars started to pay more attention to Japanese, its similarities to and…

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  • Morphology

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    Edited by Francis Katamba

    This six-volume collection draws together the most significant contributions to morphological theory and analysis which all serious students of morphology should be aware of. By comparing the stances taken by the different schools about the important issues, the reader will be able to judge the…

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  • Semantics

    Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    Edited by Javier Gutirrez-Rexach

    Semantics is a key concept in linguistic theory, concerning the analysis and description of the meaning of linguistic expressions. This collection contains a selection of the most important contributions to semantic theory ranging from Gottlob Frege's essay On Sense and Reference written in 1892,…

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  • Lexicography

    Critical Concepts

    Edited by R.R.K. Hartmann

    Lexicography is a growing academic specialization, with both a practical and a theoretical branch, numerous perspectives, and interdisciplinary significance. This collection draws together the most important and influential work in the field of lexicography.As well as a new general introduction…

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  • Critical Discourse Analysis

    Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    Edited by Michael Toolan

    Over the last decade, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) has accrued an exceptional amount of attention across a wide number of academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.In almost every field of human activity, we are surrounded by and caught up in a network of texts and…

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  • Phonology

    Critical Concepts

    Edited by Charles W. Kreidler

    Phonology: Critical Concepts, the first such anthology to appear in thirty years and the largest ever published, brings together over a hundred previously published book chapters and articles from professional journals. These have been chosen for their importance in the exploration of theoretical…

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  • Pragmatics

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    Edited by Asa Kasher

    This timely collection, for the first time together in one place, gives students and researchers access to the major works of the history of pragmatics and the science of language use. Readers can now critically assess the subject matter, methods, theories and applications that have shaped this…

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