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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 36 results in Critical Concepts in Linguistics
  1. Language Isolates

    Edited by Stefan Georg

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    This new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together the major works of scholarship concerned with the ‘language isolates’ of the world. ‘Isolated’ languages are languages without any known relatives, languages which are not demonstrably part of any ‘language family’, with Etruscan,...

    Published April 20th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Language Testing and Assessment

    Edited by Antony John Kunnan

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    Most scholars consider the birth of modern language testing as a field of study to be the year 1961 with the publication of Robert Lado’s book Language Testing and John Carroll’s chapter ‘Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing’. In the decades since it has grown in scope into a deeper and...

    Published April 9th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Systemic Functional Linguistics

    Edited by J. R. Martin, Y. J. Doran

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    Systemic Functional Linguistics is a functional model of language inspired by the work of Saussure, Hjelmslev, Whorf, and Firth. SFL was developed by Michael Halliday and his colleagues in the 1960s and has grown into a widely studied and research field, with growing interest in China, Latin...

    Published March 27th 2015 by Routledge

  4. English for Academic Purposes

    Edited by Helen Basturkmen

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) focuses on the types of English learners encounter and use in academic or study situations, usually in higher education contexts, and on the teaching and learning of academic English. It also focuses on the types of English and forms of communication used by...

    Published February 13th 2015 by Routledge

  5. 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 15th 2014 by Routledge

  6. 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 11th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Historical Linguistics

    Edited by Brian D. Joseph, Hope Dawson

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    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 always changing. This new title from Routledge’s Major Works series,...

    Published December 9th 2013 by Routledge

  8. 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 29th 2013 by Routledge

  9. 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 14th 2012 by Routledge

  10. 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 21st 2011 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Language Policy and Planning
    Edited by Thomas Ricento
    To Be Published October 16th 2015
  2. Language and the Media
    Edited by Helen Kelly Holmes
    To Be Published November 15th 2015
  3. Multimodality
    Edited by Sigrid Norris
    To Be Published November 15th 2015
  4. Stylistics
    Edited by Michael Burke
    To Be Published February 15th 2016
  5. Vocabulary
    Edited by Stuart Webb
    To Be Published March 15th 2016
  6. Transeurasian Linguistics CC 4V
    Edited by Martine Robbeets
    To Be Published April 15th 2016

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