Working with Texts
A Core Introduction to Language Analysis
Routledge – 1997 – 352 pages
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.
'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
Unit 1: Signs and Sounds: Aims of this Unit Contents. Texts used Include. Answers to Activities. Unit 2: Words and Things, Aims of this Unit Contents. Texts used Include. Answers to Activity. Commentaries on Activities. Unit 3: Sentences and Structures, Aims of this Unit. Contents. Texts used Include. Answer and Commentary on Activity. Unit 4: Text and Context: Written Discourse, Aims of This Unit Contents. Texts used Include. Answers to Activities. Unit 5: Text and Context: Spoken Discourse, Aims of This Unit Contents. Texts used Include. Answer to Activity. Commentaries on Activities. Unit 6: Application, Aims of this Unit Further Reading. References. List of URLs. Index of Terms. Index of Main Texts