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"It will have a major impact in encouraging a rethinking ofrelationships between areas of language study (especially criticaldiscourse analysis and corpus linguistics)... I would recommend iton the Grammar, Genre and Social Context course I teach." NormanFairclough, Lancaster
"It is early and opportune, showing what has been accomplishedin the past two decades and taking the study of texts a stepfurther."Florian Coulmas, Tokyo
"If he can pull it off, it will be rather exciting. I wouldguess that people in Britain and Europe will be happy to use thebook with advanced undergraduates." Peter Trudgill,Lausanne
"The book excels at illustrating how students and scholars mighttackle the analysis of cultural sociological, and political valuesin texts." Ed Finegan, University of Southern California
"What Stubbs offers is a series of thoughtful studies ondifferent kinds of texts, along with an insightful exploration ofliguistic topics such as presupposition, modality, lexicalsemantics, and what he refers to as Institutional Linguistics.....Ifound it to be highly stimulating, with analyses that are verythought–provoking and rich enough to engender many further studiesof the cultural ecology of texts."Michael Barlow, RiceUniversity
Lexical collocations, modality, transitivity, causativity andagency are analyzed to provide many clear examples of how suchpatterns convey attitudes, presuppositions and points of view. Amajor chapter demonstrates methods of analyzing key words inBritish culture. Stubbs gives his work a systematic theoreticalbasis in an authoritative explanation of the principles of Britishtext analysis from the 1930s to the 1990s, especially in work by J.R. Firth, M. A. K. Halliday and J. McH. Sinclair. This tradition ofsocial linguistics shows how important it is to base linguisticdescriptions on adequate attested data.
The book is designed to introduce students to basic methods ofcorpus analysis, semantics and pragmatics, language and ideology,critical linguistics and stylistics. Some knowledge of introductorylinguistics is assumed: the book is suitable from second yearcourses upwards. The main audience will be undergraduate andpostgraduate students in courses on corpus linguistics, text anddiscourse analysis, semantics and pragmatics, language andideology, critical linguistics, and stylistics.