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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. 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. 

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Now Available: The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language

    The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language explores the implications of language assessment research on classroom-based assessment practices by providing an in-depth look at the little-examined field of diagnosis in second and foreign language reading. This volume examines the development of second and foreign language reading and how subsequent research findings, couched in this knowledge, can help facilitate a more-informed teaching approach in second and foreign language classrooms. Read More

    Request your complimentary e-inspection copy here!

  9. Now Available: Language and Power, 3rd Edition

    Language and Power is widely recognized both as a classic and an essential introductory textbook to the field of Critical Discourse Analysis. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Norman Fairclough includes a substantial new introduction and brings the discussion up-to-date. He shows both the importance of the book in the development of critical discourse analysis over the past three decades and how language and power relations have changed due to major socio-economic changes. 

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  10. Now Available: Understanding Syntax, 4th Edition

    "This new edition is just as sparklingly written as ever; it gives students a real flavor of the richness of the syntax of human languages, as well as a clear, engaging explanation of the fundamental concepts needed to understand this core aspect of language." - David Adger, Queen Mary University of London, UK 

    Understanding Syntax explains and illustrates the major concepts, categories and terminology associated with the study of cross-linguistic syntax. 

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

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