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English Language: Description, Variation and Context
     

English Language: Description, Variation and Context

by Jonathan Culpeper, Francis Katamba, Paul Kerswill, Ruth Wodak (Editor), Anthony McEnery (Editor)
 

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What is the English language like, why is it like that and what do we need to know in order to study it? This wide ranging introductory textbook not only presents the English language from multiple perspectives, but provides the reader with the necessary grounding in linguistics to investigate it for themselves.

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What is the English language like, why is it like that and what do we need to know in order to study it? This wide ranging introductory textbook not only presents the English language from multiple perspectives, but provides the reader with the necessary grounding in linguistics to investigate it for themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403945891
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.90(d)

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This volume proves that it is still possible to make a difference in a world flooded by introductory textbooks – giving the English language in all its fascinating richness centre stage! Chapters covering everything one would expect and much beyond – expertly selected, artfully arranged, carefully argued and amply illustrated. Written in an accessible style that makes for an attractive read, this will be a most useful companion for any student, undergraduate or graduate, of English and the linguistics of English!' Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg, Germany

'This is a rare beast – a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date survey of English Language and Linguistics that will provide students and researchers alike with a rich context for their work.' – Michael Hoey, University of Liverpool, UK

Meet the Author

Jonathan Culpeper is Professor of Language and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, UK. His research interests include stylistics, pragmatics, and The history of the English language. Co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pragmatics, his publications include History of English (Routledge, 1997), Exploring the Language of Drama (Routledge, 1998, co-edited with Mick Short and Peter Verdonk), Language and Characterisation in Plays and Other Texts (2001) and research collected volume Cognitive Stylistics: Language and Cognition in Text Analysis (2002).

Paul Kerswill is Professor of Sociolinguistics, Department of Language and Linguistics Science, University of York, UK. His areas of research and interest include social dialectology, language variation and change, and English accents and dialects. His publications include Dialects Converging: Rural Speech in Urban Norway (1994) and Dialect Change: Convergence and Divergence in European Languages (2005).

Ruth Wodak is Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language, University of Lancaster, UK. She has published widely in critical discourse studies, on issues of identity politics, of exclusion and inclusion and of social and political changes.

Tony McEnery is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Lancaster, UK. His research interests in English corpus linguistics as well as corpus linguistics applied to languages other than English. He has wide experience of editing and authoring, and is currently editor of three book series, Advances in Corpus Linguistics (Routledge), Empirical Linguistics (EUP) and Routledge Frequency Dictionaries (Routledge).

Francis Katamba is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language at the University of Lancaster, UK. His research interests are in the areas of English phonology and morphology, including morphological and phonological theory. His publications include An Introduction to Phonology (1989), English Words (1994) and Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction, 3rd edition (with William O'Grady and Michael Dobrovolsky, 1997).

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