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Critical Concepts in Linguistics

Routledge Critical Concepts in Linguistics series provides authoritative reprints of the discipline's best and most influential scholarship. This series looks at language from the point of view of the user, at the choices made and the constraints encountered when we use language. Edited by experts in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts and themes into their historical context, as well as providing students and researchers with a snapshot of contemporary debates and current thinking.

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1-10 of 32 results in Critical Concepts in Linguistics
  1. Language Variation and Change

    Edited by Robert Bayley, Richard Cameron

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    This new five-volume anthology of major works has been produced in consultation with an editorial advisory board of distinguished scholars. It brings together the key texts of language variation and change to provide a comprehensive collection that represents the field's ...

    Published September 14th 2014 by Routledge

  2. History of the English Language

    Edited by Elly van Gelderen

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    A new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Linguistics series, History of the English Language is a four-volume collection covering the main linguistic issues in the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics of the history of English....

    Published December 10th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Historical Linguistics

    Edited by Brian D. Joseph, Hope Dawson

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE!(Valid until 3 months after publication) Historical linguistics is concerned with the way languages change over time, looking both at the distant past and at the present day, and taking as its point of departure the truism that the only constant in language is that it is...

    Published December 8th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Writing Systems

    Edited by Christopher Moseley

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    Throughout most of the history of linguistics, the primacy of the spoken word over the written word has been virtually axiomatic. Scholars working at what is perceived as the core of linguistic science, on grammar, sociolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, have generally perceived the written word as...

    Published November 28th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Language Evolution

    Edited by W. Tecumseh Fitch, Gesche Westphal Fitch

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    This new four-volume collection, part of Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Linguistics series, assembles the most important scholarly writings concerning the biological evolution of language, particularly those incorporating a Darwinian view of evolution. Including excerpts from ancient sources such...

    Published February 13th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Educational Linguistics

    Edited by Nancy H. Hornberger

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    What educational approaches best serve language-minority children? What policies, programmes, and circumstances encourage or contribute to minority-language maintenance? How do we make sense of the ecology of language development and socialization in non-traditional settings? And what is the...

    Published December 20th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Metaphor and Figurative Language

    Edited by Patrick Hanks, Rachel Giora

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    With contributions from Aristotle to Lakoff and Johnson, and incorporating the work of philosophers, linguists, literary theorists, and cognitive psychologists, this wide-ranging and multidisciplinary six-volume collection on metaphor and figurative language is a new title from Routledge’s Critical...

    Published November 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  8. Pragmatics II

    Edited by Asa Kasher

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    A new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Pragmatics II is a four-volume collection of the very best scholarship on pragmatics. It is an essential successor collection to the editor’s Pragmatics (6 vols.) (978-0-415-11734-0), published in 1998 and described...

    Published November 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  9. Endangered Languages

    Edited by Peter K. Austin, Stuart McGill

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    At least half of the seven thousand or so languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing during the 21st century. Although languages have always come and gone, the current rate of language extinction is unprecedented, a loss which not only affects individual communities but also diminishes...

    Published August 8th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Cognitive Linguistics

    Edited by Adele Goldberg

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    This new addition to Routledge’s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Linguistics, brings together the very best and most influential scholarly research on cognitive linguistics. Cognitive Linguistics is a broad approach to language that places psychological reality at the top of the list of...

    Published June 13th 2011 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. English for Academic Purposes
    Edited by Helen Basturkmen
    To Be Published February 13th 2015
  2. Systemic Functional Linguistics
    Edited by James R Martin, Yaegan Doran
    To Be Published March 17th 2015
  3. Language Testing and Assessment
    Edited by Antony John Kunnan
    To Be Published April 8th 2015
  4. Language Isolates
    Edited by Stefan Georg
    To Be Published April 10th 2015
  5. Language Policy and Planning
    Edited by Thomas Ricento
    To Be Published August 15th 2015
  6. Transeurasian Linguistics CC 4V
    Edited by Martine Robbeets
    To Be Published October 15th 2015
  7. Multimodality
    Edited by Sigrid Norris
    To Be Published November 15th 2015

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