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Second Language Learning: Theoretical Foundations

by Michael Sharwood Smith

A survey and analysis of second language theory discusses the development of ideas in this expanding area of language studies. It looks at the implications of these ideas and directions for future research....


Grammatical and Lexical Variance in English

by Randolph Quirk

Written by one of Britain's most distinguished linguists, this book is concerned with the phenomenon of variance in English grammar and vocabulary across regional, social, stylistic and temporal space.


An Introduction to Spoken Interaction

by Anna-Brita Stenstrom

Describes how conversation works, providing a systematic and exhaustive account of the structure of spoken discourse and the diverse strategies speakers use to have a conversation. It is illustrated throughout...


Conversational Routines in English: Convention and Creativity

by Karin Aijmer

It is surprising how much of everyday conversation consists of repetitive expressions such as 'thank you', 'sorry', would you mind?' and their many variants. However commonplace they may be, they do have important...


Discourse and Democracy: Critical Analysis of the Language of Government

by Michael Farrelly

In this new study, Farrelly gives a critical examination of democracy as it is conceived and practiced in contemporary advanced liberal nations.  The received wisdom on democracy is probelmatized through a...


Language and Development: Teachers in a Changing World

by Professor Christopher N. Candlin

Language and Development - Teachers in a Changing World comprises twenty-one case accounts contributed by language education professionals working in the context of international development. Frank and stimulating,...


The Construction of Professional Discourse

by Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, Per Linell & Bengt Nordberg

Internationally, there is increasing research and interest in the processes of the production and reception of texts for specific purposes and in the historical development of genres and registers within Languages...


Spoken English on Computer: Transcription, Mark-Up and Application

by Geoffrey Leech, Greg Myers & Jenny Thomas

This book has evolved from a Workshop on Computerized Speech Corpora, held at Lancaster University in 1993. It brings together the findings presented in a clear and coherent manner, focussing on the advantages...


An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

by Graeme Kennedy

The use of large, computerized bodies of text for linguistic analysis and description has emerged in recent years as one of the most significant and rapidly-developing fields of activity in the study of language....


Researching Identity and Interculturality

by Fred Dervin & Karen Risager

This volume focuses on advances in research methodology in an interdisciplinary field framed by discourses of identity and interculturality. It includes a range of qualitative studies: studies of interaction,...


Translation and Localisation in Video Games: Making Entertainment Software Global

by Miguel Á. Bernal-Merino

This book is a multidisciplinary study of the translation and localisation of video games. It offers a descriptive analysis of the industry - understood as a global phenomenon in entertainment - and aims to...


The Prague School: Selected Writings, 1929-1946

by Peter Steiner

The Prague Linguistic Circle came into being on the afternoon of October 6, 1926, when five Czech and Russian linguists gathered to hear a lecture by a German colleague. From this international beginning, the...


Mechanisms of Syntactic Change

by Charles N. Li

Historical linguistics, the oldest field in linguistics, has been traditionally dominated by phonological and etymological investigations. Only in the late twentieth century have linguists begun to focus their...


Linguistic Typology: Morphology and Syntax

by Jae Jung Song

Language typology is the study of the structural similarities between languages regardless of their history, to establish a classification or typology of languages. It is a core topic of historical linguistics...


A Dictionary of Stylistics

by Katie Wales

Reviews of the first edition:

'...a work of high seriousness...manna from rhetorical heaven for students and researchers with a lot of hard graft ahead of them... '(English Today)

'...an impressive single-author...


Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

by Ella Frances Sanders

An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English.

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express...


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...


Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech

by Chuck McCutcheon, David Mark & Jeff Greenfield

An election-year guide to understanding the language of the electeds, spin-meisters, and flacks of American politics


The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

by Dan Jurafsky

Stanford University linguist and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky dives into the hidden history of food. Why do we eat toast for breakfast, and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on...


Global Englishes: A Resource Book for Students: A Resource Book for Students

by Jennifer Jenkins

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,...