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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.: 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,...


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...


American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Edward C. Stewart

A greatly expanded analysis of the 1972 classic by Edward Stewart, Stewart and Bennett introduce new cross-cultural comparisons drawn from recent research on value systems, perception psychology, cultural anthropology,...


Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics: A Guide for Students

by Eric Friginal & Jack Hardy

In the last decade, the availability of corpora and the technological advancements of corpus tools have increased dramatically. Applied linguists have greater access to data from around the world and in a variety...


Introduccin a la sociolingüstica hispnica

by Manuel Diaz-Campos

Introducción a la Sociolingüística Hispánica es un libro de texto imprescindible para los estudiantes de pregrado que cursan sociolingüística hispánica. Cada capítulo está redactado en un lenguaje sencillo...


An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

by Janet Holmes

Sociolinguistics is the study of the interaction between language and society. In this classic introductory work, Janet Holmes examines the role of language in a variety of social contexts, considering both...


The Banned List

by John Rentoul

A manifesto for clear writing and an indictment of the damage done to the English language by the use of jargon John Rentoul examines how poor writing and a reliance on jargon have damaged our ability to communicate...


Quotatives: New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications

by Isabelle Buchstaller

Quotatives considers the phenomenon “quotation” from a wealth of perspectives. It consolidates findings from different strands of research, combining formal and functional approaches for the definition of...


The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why

by Jabari Asim

The debate over the N word touches almost every aspect of American popular culture. Does it ever have an appropriate place in the media? Are rappers justified in using it? Should Huckleberry Finn, which repeats...