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Routledge publishes quality textbooks in a variety of disciplines and course subjects. We are committed to providing course materials to instructors and students that are both engaging and innovative. You can learn more about our textbooks by viewing our featured selections below in English Language & Applied Linguistics. You can also browse textbooks in all subjects or check out our companion websites.

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  1. Study Skills for Linguistics

    NEW  Study Skills for Linguistics is the essential companion for students embarking on a degree in linguistics. Covering all the core skills that students of linguistics will require during the early part of their degree, this book gives the reader a basic understanding of the field, as well as confidence in how to find out more and how to prepare for their future career.

    Find out more and request a complimentary e-Inspection copy.

  2. Trask’s Historical Linguistics

    NEW  Trask’s Historical Linguistics, Third Edition, is an accessible introduction to historical linguistics – the study of language change over time. This engaging book is illustrated with language examples from all six continents, and covers the fundamental concepts of language change, methods for historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic aspects of language change, language contact, the birth and death of languages, language and prehistory and the issue of very remote relations.

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  3. Exploring Digital Communication

    NEW  Exploring Digital Communication aims to discuss real-world issues pertaining to digital communication, and to explore how linguistic research addresses these challenges. The text is divided into three sections (Problems and practices; Interventions; and Theory), each of which is further divided into two subsections which reflect linguistic issues relating to digital communication.

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  4. Now Available: Language, Society and Power

    Language, Society and Power is the essential introductory text to studying language in a variety of social contexts.

    This book examines the ways language functions, how it influences thought and how it varies according to age, ethnicity, class and gender. It considers whether representations of people and their language matter, explores how identity is constructed and performed, and considers the creative potential of language in the media, politics and everyday talk.

    Read more about the updates to the fourth edition, check out the companion website, and request a complimentary exam copy. 

  5. Now Available:Introducing Global Englishes

    Introducing Global Englishes provides comprehensive coverage of relevant research in the fields of World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and English as an International Language. The book introduces students to the current sociolinguistic uses of the English language, using a range of engaging and accessible examples from newspapers (Observer, Independent, Wall Street Journal), advertisements, and television shows.

    Read more about the book here and request your complimentary exam copy here

  6. Now Available: English Grammar: A University Course: 3rd edition

    English Grammar is a best-selling comprehensive descriptive grammar which forms a complete course, ideal for all students studying English Language ,whether on a course or for self-study. Broadly based on Hallidayan systemic-functional grammar but also drawing on cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis, English Grammar is accessible, avoiding overly theoretical or technical explanations. This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new texts, a more user-friendly layout, more American English examples and a companion website, providing extra tasks, a glossary and a teachers‘ guide.

    More information can be found here and instructors can request a complimentary exam copy here.

  7. Now Available: Methods for the Ethnography of Communication

    Methods for the Ethnography of Communication is a guide to conducting ethnographic research in classroom and community settings that introduces students to the field of ethnography of communication, and takes them through the recursive and nonlinear cycle of ethnographic research. Drawing on the mnemonic that Hymes used to develop the Ethnography of SPEAKING, the authors introduce the innovative CULTURES framework to provide a helpful structure for moving through the complex process of collecting and analyzing ethnographic data and addresses the larger "how-to" questions that students struggle with when undertaking ethnographic research.

    More information can be found here and instructors can request a complimentary e-Inspection copy here.

  8. Now Available: Theories in Second Language Acquisition: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

    The second edition of Theories in Second Language Acquisition seeks to build on the strengths of the first edition by surveying the major theories currently used in second language acquisition research. This volume is an ideal introductory text for undergraduate and graduate students in SLA and language teaching. Each chapter focuses on a single theory, written by a leading scholar in the field in an easy-to-follow style – a basic foundational description of the theory, relevant data or research models used with this theory, common misunderstandings, and a sample study from the field to show the theory in practice. This text is designed to provide a consistent and coherent presentation for those new to the field who seek basic understanding of theories that underlie contemporary SLA research.

    More information can be found here and instructors can request a complimentary exam copy here.

  9. Now Available: Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US

    Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US is a fresh and unique take on a widely taught topic. This highly engaging textbook presents a linguistic view of the history, society, and culture of the United States. It discusses the many languages and forms of language that have been used in the US – including standard and nonstandard forms of English, creoles, Native American languages, and immigrant languages from across the globe – and shows how this distribution and diversity of languages has helped shape and define America as well as an American identity. The volume introduces the basic concepts of sociolinguistics and the politics of language through cohesive, up-to-date and accessible coverage of such key topics as dialectal development and the role of English as the majority language, controversies concerning language use in society, languages other than English used in the US, and the policies that have directly or indirectly influenced language use.

    More information can be found here and instructors can request a complimentary exam copy here.

  10. Now Available: Pragmatics, 3rd edition, by Joan Cutting

    Previously published as Pragmatics and Discourse, the new edition of this best-selling textbook has been revised and reorganised to focus solely on pragmatics. Pramatics covers the core areas of the subject (context, co-text, speech acts, conversation structure, the cooperative principle, politeness) and extends to more applied areas (corpora and communities, and culture and language learning). It draws on a wealth of texts, from political speeches by the British Prime Minister and newspaper articles from the Telegraph and the Times of India, to extracts from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman and is accompanied by a companion website featuring extra material, activities, and advice for professors and students on how to use the book.

    More information can be found here and instructors can request a complimentary exam copy here.

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