Language, Society and Power: An Introduction / Edition 3

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Language, Society and Power is the essential introductory text to studying language in a variety of social contexts.

This book examines the ways language functions, how it influences thought and how it varies according to age, ethnicity, class and gender. It considers whether representations of people and their language matter, explores how identity is constructed and performed, and considers the creative potential of language in the media, politics and everyday talk.

This fourth edition has been completely revised to include recent developments in theory and research and offers the following features:

  • A range of new and engaging international examples drawn from everyday life – including material from social media and newspapers, cartoons, YouTube and television.
  • Two new chapters which cover Linguistic Landscapes, including signs, graffiti and the internet; and Global Englishes, exploring variation in and attitudes to English around the world
  • Updated and expanded student research projects and further reading sections for each chapter
  • Brand new companion website that includes video and audio clips, links to articles and further reading for students and professors.

Language, Society and Power is a must-read for students of English language and linguistics, media, communication, cultural studies, sociology and psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This all-new edition of a ‘classic’ textbook provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date introduction to key concepts in sociolinguistics, written in an accessible and engaging style. The inclusion of thought- provoking activities and ideas for projects will be particularly welcomed by both students and teachers.' Mike Pearce, University of Sunderland, UK

'This is, without a doubt, the most engaging and accessible introduction to the social and political dimensions of language use available. A solid academic grounding combines with terrific examples from recent events that students can apply to their own real-life situations. Especially refreshing in an introductory text is the thought-provoking attention paid to ideologies (including the authors’), which encourages students to interact with the authors’ points of view. This book will whet the appetite of every student! The carefully chosen articles in the new Reader can only add to the conceptual and pedagogical riches on offer here!' Brenda Farnell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

'The 3rd edition of Language, Society and Power is a great read and a fact-filled foundation for study. Like the earlier editions, the story of the social lives of language is described with skill, humor, and artistry. In this new edition the story is brought up to date and expanded to cover Englishes around the world. It’s a fascinating look at a 21st-century phenomenon.' Richard F. Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

"This new edition is an excellent introduction to the study of language and society. Its clear presentation and up-to-date examples makes it an invaluable teaching tool for native and non-native students alike" Jonathan White, Dalarna University, Sweden

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415576598
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 232,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Annabelle Mooney is a Reader in the English Language & Linguistics programme at Roehampton University, where she teaches widely on undergraduate courses, including Language, Society and Power (on which this book is based), Forensic Linguistics, and Language and Gender.

Betsy Evans is a an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at University of Washington with wide experience of undergraduate teaching both in the US and the UK.

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Table of Contents

1. What is Language?

2. Language Thought and Representation.

3. Language and Politics

4. Language and the Media

5. Linguistic Landscapes

6. Language and Gender and Sexuality

7. Language and Ethnicity

8. Language and Age

9. Language and Social Class

10. Global Englishes and the Standard Language Debate

11. Projects

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