Language and Power: A Resource Book for Students

2nd Edition

Paul Simpson, Andrea Mayr, Simon Statham

Routledge
Published November 13, 2018
Textbook - 294 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138569232 - CAT# Y382062
Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

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Summary

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, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two-dimensional’ structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration and extension – which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

Language and Power, Second Edition has been completely revised and updated and includes:

  • a comprehensive survey of the ways in which language intersects and connects with the social, cultural and political aspects of power;
  • an introduction to the history of the field, covering all the major approaches, theoretical concepts and methods of analysis in this important and developing area of academic study;
  • coverage of all the ‘traditional’ topics, such as race, gender and institutional power, but also newer topics such as the discourse of post-truth, and the power of social media;
  • readings from works by seminal figures in the field, such as Robin Lakoff, Deborah Cameron and Teun van Dijk;
  • real texts and examples throughout, including advertisements from cosmetics companies; newspaper articles and headlines; websites and internet media; and spoken dialogues such as political and presidential speeches;
  • a supporting companion website that aims to challenge students at a more advanced level and which features extra reading, exercises, follow-up activities, and suggestions for further work.

Language and Power will be essential reading for students studying English language or linguistics.

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