Introducing Language in Use: A Coursebook / Edition 1

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Drawing on a vast range of data and examples of language in its many forms, this book provides students with the tools they need to analyze real language in diverse contexts. Designed to be highly adaptable for course use, the authors suggest a range of different routes through the book.

Introducing Language in Use:

  • covers all the core areas and topics of language study: language, semiotics and communication, grammar, phonetics, words, semantics, variety in language, history of English, World Englishes and multilingualism
  • adopts a 'how to' approach, encouraging students to apply their knowledge as they learn it
  • draws on examples of language from around the world in forms ranging from conversation to advertising and text messaging, always giving precedence to real language in use
  • includes activities throughout the text with commentaries, summaries, suggestions for further reading and an extensive glossary of terms
  • features a final unit which provides students with extensive practice in analyzing language in use
  • is supported by a companion website, offering extra resources for students and lecturers.

This is an essential coursebook for all introductory courses in English language, communication and linguistics.

The accompanying website can be found at

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Editorial Reviews

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'This is an exceptionally rich textbook, providing expert but friendly introductions to a wide range of fields of language study, up-to-date examples, opportunities to debate and analyze language, a glossary and extensive further reading.' Tim Parke, University of Hertfordshire, UK

' ... accessible and well structured. Fittingly, Introducing Language in Use provides a wealth of "real" language examples and guides the student through engaging activities around these. The companion website presents follow-up language activities in an interesting way for both lecturers and students.' Marnie Holborow, Dublin City University, Ireland

'This is a well-written textbook that gives a comprehensive overview of language study in a refreshing manner. It is useful not only for first-timers in linguistics but also for professional linguists looking for a quick update on current linguistic work done outside their area of expertise." Olga Thomason, University of Georgia, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415291798
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Aileen Bloomer teaches at York St John College, UK. Previously she has worked in Sweden, Germany, Vietnam and China.

Patrick Griffiths teaches at Beppu University, Japan. He has previously worked at the University of the South Pacific, York University, UK, and York St John College, UK.

Andrew John Merrison teaches at York St John College, UK. Previously he has worked at the universities of Durham, Edinburgh, York and Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and How to Use This Book 2. Language, Semiotics and Communication 3. Conversation Analysis 4. Pragmatics 5. Powerful Language and Humour 6. Words 7. Semantics 8. Syntax 9. Written Text and Stylistics 10. Phonetics and Phonology 11. Regional Varieties 12. Social Varieties of Language 13. Children's Acquisition of Language 14. Neurolinguistics 15. Multilingualism/Bilingualism 16. Language Families and Language Change 17. History of English 18. World Englishes 19. Language in Education 20. What Can You do With a Degree in Linguistics?

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