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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

by Ronald Wardhaugh & Janet M. Fuller

Fully updated to reflect the most recent scholarship in the field and revised to include many more pedagogical features, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th Edition builds on its foundation as the most...


Historical Sociolinguistics

by Terttu Nevalainen & Helena Raumolin-Brunberg

This volume presents a sociolinguistic perspective on the history of the English language. Based on original empirical research, it discusses the social factors that promoted linguistic changes in earlier English,...


Misunderstanding in Social Life: Discourse Approaches to Problematic Talk

by Juliane House, Gabriele Kasper & Steven Ross

Misunderstanding is a pervasive phenomenon in social life, sometimes with serious consequences for people's life chances. Misunderstandings are especially hazardous in high-stakes events such as job interviews...


Power and Politeness in the Workplace

by Janet Holmes & Maria Stubbe

Power and Politeness in the Workplace provides insights into the way we all talk at work. The book contains a wealth of material illustrating the way people communicate with each other in their ordinary everyday...


Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas

by John Pollack

A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes

From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford's...


War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War, Third Edition

by Paul Dickson

From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic....


Knowledge Machines: Language and Information in a Technological Society

by Denise E. Murray

Provides a wide-ranging survey of the sociolinguistic issues raised by the impact of information technology. The author demonstrates how and in which ways the new technologies both affect human communication...


Childly Language: Children, language and the social world

by Alison Sealey

Childly Language explores how attitudes and cultural assumptions about children and childhood are revealed in contemporary English. It addresses such questions as: How is concern for children's safety and welfare...


Sociolinguistics and Social Theory

by Nikolas Coupland, Srikant Sarangi & Christopher N. Candlin

The empirical and descriptive strengths of sociolinguistics, developed over more than 40 years of research, have not been matched by an active engagement with theory. Yet, over this time, social theorising has...


Discourse and Social Life

by Srikant Sarangi & Malcolm Coulthard

This collection brings together for the first time in a single volume many of the major figures in contemporary discourse studies. Each chapter is an original contribution which has been specifically commissioned...


Small Talk

by Justine Coupland

This study presents a new perspective on small talk and its crucial role in everyday communication. The new approach presented here is supported by analyses of interactional data in specific settings - private...


Discourse and Creativity

by Rodney Jones

Discourse and Creativity examines the way different approaches to discourse analysis conceptualize the notion of creativity and address it analytically. It includes examples of studies of creativity from a variety...


London Jamaican: Language System in Interaction

by Mark Sebba

London Jamaican provides the reader with a new perspective on African descent in London. Based on research carried out in the early 1980s, the author examines the linguistic background of the community, with...


Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition: Learning to Use Language in Context

by Kimberly L. Geeslin & Avizia Yim Long

Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition is a comprehensive textbook that bridges the gap between the fields of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, exploring the variety of ways in which...


Languages and Dialects in the U.S.: An Introduction to the Linguistics of Diversity: Focus on Diversity and Linguistics

by Marianna Di Paolo & Arthur K. Spears

Languages and Dialects in the U.S. is a concise introduction to linguistic diversity in the U.S. for students with little to no background in linguistics. The goal of the editors of this collection of fourteen...


Amy, Wendy, and Beth: Learning Language in South Baltimore

by Peggy J. Miller

Amy, Wendy, and Beth, the 1980 recipient of the New York Academy of Sciences Edward Sapir Award, is a lively in-depth study of how three young children from an urban working-class community learned language...


An Introduction to Interaction: Understanding Talk in Formal and Informal Settings

by Angela Cora Garcia

This textbook provides an in-depth introduction to the theoretical perspectives and methods of doing conversation analysis, an approach to the study of talk in interaction which grew out of the work of Garfinkel,...


Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings

by VIJAY K BHATIA

Genre analysis has a long-established tradition in literature, but interest in the analysis of non-literary genres has been very recent. This book examines the theory of genre analysis, looks at genre analysis...


Achieving Understanding: Discourse in Intercultural Encounters

by Katharina Bremer & Celia Roberts

This is a detailed study of understanding in a second language, related to the actual lives of minority workers. The focus is on everyday interactions between these workers and the bureaucrats of the society...


Women, Men and Language: A Sociolinguistic Account of Gender Differences in Language

by Jennifer Coates

Women, Men and Language, 3rd Ed provides an up-to-date account of gender differences in language to answer the question: "Do women and men talk differently?"

The book takes the reader from an initial "men talk...