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An Introduction to Language and Society (Studies in Culture and Communication)

An Introduction to Language and Society (Studies in Culture and Communication) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Montgomery
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"This is an excellent, comprehensive examination of the field of language and
society...The writing is clear and concise; understandable for a novice student and
without unnecessary technical words. In addition, with the recently updated
information and examples in this edition (specifically hip-hop and rap language,
and material on the language of the 'war on terror') this could very well
provide new information to more advanced students. The author provides a fair
and balanced examination of many issues in the field of sociolinguistics."

--  Linguist List, June 2009

'... this book is very engaging, with fascinating in-depth examples.' - The Journal of Language and Society


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An Introduction to Language and Society explores how our ways of seeing and engaging with the world may be shaped by the categories, systems and patterns of language. This second edition includes new material on gender, register, the speech community, language and subcultures, and language and representation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (7 Mar 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA5ZQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for A-level EngLang Revision 27 May 2010
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A good knowledgeanle author, thus a good clear textbook! Well worth buying if you are taking English Language at A-level or are in first-year uni.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 4 Sep 2009
By R
This book will be useful to all A level English language students and also for undergraduates doing language or linguistics. Very indepth, good examples, useful terminology and quite good on theory.Not the most academic but 1st years will definately like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars academic read 6 Jan 2011
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This book is an interesting academic read addressing language and society. I think it, for me, was not an exciting read - but very informative.

I especially enjoyed the sections addressing gender and language. It does a great job and I remember getting hammered on a report by a supervisor during my first Masters (in TESOL) as the grader suggested that I was way off in writing that language differences are not possibly biological and are absolutely social. I was not aware the nature nurture issue was solved, and thankfully this book did ponder the thought that men and women do differ anatomically and physiologically. I was glad to be reassured here - and gender is addressed in several places.

The book goes way beyond this and looks at class, vernacular(s), and cultures from around the world. A book that all TESOL gurus should have on the shelf for the rainy day they are keen to dig in this direction. A good reference for literature reviews in your papers.
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