Language and Power: A Resource Book for Students / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 32%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $20.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 56%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $20.99   
  • New (7) from $29.11   
  • Used (6) from $20.99   


Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings—all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two-dimensional’ structure is built around four sections—introduction, development, exploration and extension—which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

Language and Power:

offers a comprehensive survey of the ways in which language intersects and connects with the social, cultural and political aspects of power;

provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of the field, and covers all the major approaches, theoretical concepts and methods of analysis in this important and developing area of academic study;

covers all the ‘traditional’ topics, such as race, gender and institutional power, but also incorporates newer material from forensic discourse analysis, the discourse of new capitalism and the study of humour as power;

includes readings from works by seminal figures in the field, such as Roger Fowler, Deborah Cameron and Teun van Dijk;

uses real texts and examples throughout, including advertisements from cosmetics companies; newspaper articles and headlines; websites and internet media; and spoken dialogues such as a transcription from the Obama and McCain presidential debate;

is accompanied by a supporting website that aims to challenge students at a more advanced level and features a complete four-unit chapter which includes activities, a reading and suggestions for further work.

Language and Power will be essential reading for students studying English language and linguistics.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

‘Superb contribution to the field of applied linguistics. A clear and comprehensive treatment of the role of symbolic power in all uses of language in the 'real world', it engages the reader in both detailed analyses of discourse data and an understanding of their theoretical importance. For undergraduate students, it fosters a language awareness indispensable for a critical general education.’ Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley, USA

‘This excellent textbook provides authentic examples with thought-provoking discussions about the way language works in cultural contexts to shape ideologies and create unequal balances of social power.’ Suzanne Quay, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

‘As well as lucidly introducing a comprehensive range of approaches to the study of language and power, this rich and diverse volume provides numerous fascinating demonstrations of how close linguistic analysis can reveal the complex relationships between language, power, coercion and resistance. This, together with its clear and accessible style, makes it an invaluable classroom text.’ Michael Pearce, University of Sunderland, UK

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415469005
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Routledge English Language Introductions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents cross-referenced x

List of illustrations xii

Transcription conventions xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

A Introduction: Key topics in the study of language and power 1

1 Language and power 2

2 The discourse of institutions and organizations 6

3 Power and talk 10

4 Language and gender 15

5 Language and race 21

6 Humour, language and power 25

7 Language and the law 30

8 Language and advertising 34

9 Language in the new capitalism 37

10 Language and politics 41

B Development: Approaches to the study of language and power 49

1 Critical Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis 50

2 Registers of discourse 56

3 Studying spoken discourse 61

4 Gender and power: using the transitivity model 65

5 The representation of social actors 71

6 The discourse of humour and irony 77

7 Developments in forensic discourse analysis 81

8 Advertising discourse: methods for analysis 86

9 Language and new capitalism: developments 97

10 Studying political discourse: developments 102

C Exploration: Analysing language and power 109

1 Beginning analysis 110

2 Exploring register and ideology 117

3 Power and resistance in spoken discourse 119

4 Analysing gender 125

5 A workshop on the representation of social actors 131

6 Analysing humour and power 133

7 Exploring forensic texts 136

8 Analysing advertisements 140

9 Analysing the language of new capitalism 142

10 Analysing political discourse 145

D Extension: Readings in Language and Power 149

1 Critical Linguistics Roger Fowler Gunther Kress 150

2 Bureaucracy and social control Srikant Sarangi Stefaan Slembrouck) 156

3 Power and resistance in police interviews Kate Haworth 164

4 Masculinity and men's magazines Bethan Benwell 172

5 Discourse and the denial of racism Teun van Dijk 179

6 Humour and hatred Michael Billig 185

7 Forensic Linguistics Malcolm Coulthard 194

8 Language style and lifestyle David Machin Theo van Leeuwen 201

9 Language in the global service economy Deborah Cameron 207

10 Critical Metaphor Analysis (Jonathan Charteris-Black) 215

Web Strand 11 @1

A11 Evaluation and re-evaluation: studying language and power @1

B11 Language and power: extending the analysis @5

C11 Practising corpus-assisted Critical Discourse Analysis @11

D11 Speaking sincerely Martin Montgomery @19

Further reading 224

References 229

Author index 247

Glossarial index 250

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)