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Working with Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis: A Core Book for Language Analysis [Paperback]

Maggie Bowring , Ronald Carter , Angela Goddard , Danuta Reah , Keith Sanger
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22 May 1997 041514597X 978-0415145978
Working with Texts: A Core Book for Language Analysis provides a basic foundation for understanding aspects of English language crucial in the analysis of text. The major topics covered include writing, the sound system of spoken English, words, sentence grammar and discourse construction.
The wide range of texts examined include literary extracts from prose fiction (Jeanette Winterson, Anne Tyler), poetry (D. H. Lawrence, Margaret Atwood), drama (John Godber) and graphic novels (Neil Gaiman), but also a huge diversity of texts from contemporary media: newspaper articles, advertisements (Gap, Kelloggs), political speeches and original authentic materials (children's writing, signs, everyday conversation).
Student-friendly features include:
* Activities showing how language works in texts and their contexts
* Commentaries which follow each activity, highlighting main points of language use
* Wide coverage of different genres: literary texts, notes, memos, signs, advertisements, leaflets, speeches, conversation
* Suggestions for further reading and additional self-study exercises
* Key words highlighted and a full index of terms
Ideal for introductory courses to English Language and Literature and Linguistics. Also of interest to students of media and communication studies.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (22 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041514597X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415145978
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a most flexible book... an invaluable resource both for the quality and presentation of its source material and for the clarity and economy of its writing.' - Renee Stanton, The English and Media Magazine

'[this] book, through which a range of insights are made eminently accessible, without condescension... give[s] the serious student not only a wide range of knowledge, but also a high degree of communicative competence.' - Jean-Pierre can Noppen, Linguistics and Poetics Journal

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I really enjoyed this book. It is a wonderful source of information. Full of definitions which are written in down-to-earth language, interesting example and activities. I have always been searching for a book like this and am really glad that I have finally found it. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in language and also likes to experiment with it. Highly recommendable!
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