Textbooks and research manuals

Our staff members have written and edited highly regarded volumes that serve or have previously served as undergraduate or school textbooks. We also take pride in writing and editing handbooks and manuals that provide both seasoned academics and graduate students with state of the art practical guidance on doing research. This is especially true in areas where our scholars excel: Discourse Studies, Corpus Linguistics, Literacy Studies, and Second Language Acquisition. Below is an overview of some of these books.

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Language Online: Investigating Digital Texts and Practices

By David Barton and Carmen Lee; Routledge 2013

In this book the authors look at language online from a variety of perspectives, providing a solid theoretical grounding, an outline of key concepts, and practical guidance on doing research. Chapters cover topical issues including the relation between online language and multilingualism, identity, education and multimodality.

Written in a clear and accessible style, this is a vital read for anyone new to studying online language and an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates working in the areas of new media, literacy and multimodality within language and linguistics courses.

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Research Methods in Second Language Aquisition: A Practical Guide

Edited by Professor Alison Mackey and Susan M. Gass; Wiley Blackwell 2012

This is an informative guide to research design and methodology for graduate students and scholars. It covers an array of topics, including second language writing and reading, meta-analyses, research replication, qualitative data collection and analysis, and more. Each chapter of this volume offers background, step-by-step guidance, and relevant studies to create comprehensive coverage of each method.

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Corpus Linguistics: Method, Theory and Practice

By Tony McEnery and Andrew Hardie; Cambridge University Press 2012

Corpus linguistics is the study of language data on a large scale – the computer-aided analysis of very extensive collections of transcribed utterances or written texts. This textbook outlines the basic methods of corpus linguistics, explains how the discipline of corpus linguistics developed and surveys the major approaches to the use of corpus data. It uses a broad range of examples to show how corpus data has led to methodological and theoretical innovation in linguistics in general.

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Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics

By Paul Baker; Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2010

This is the first book to focus on the ways that corpus linguistics approaches can be used in order to aid sociolinguistic research. The book covers a range of different topics within sociolinguistics: analysing demographic variation, comparing language use across different cultures and examining language change over time, studying transcripts of spoken interactions and identifying attitudes or discourses.

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English Language: Description, Variation and Context

Edited by Jonathan CulpeperFrancis Katamba, Paul Kerswill, Ruth Wodak and Tony McEnery; Palgrave Macmillan 2009

What is the English language like, why is it like that and what do we need to know in order to study it? This wide ranging introductory undergraduate textbook not only presents the English language from multiple perspectives, but provides the reader with the necessary grounding in linguistics to investigate it for themselves. Moreover, its 39 chapters are all written by members (or former members) of our department.

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Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis

Edited by Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer; Sage 2009

This book provides a concise, comprehensible and thoroughly up-to-date introduction to CDA, appropriate for both novice and experienced researchers. The editors have brought together contributions from leading experts in the field, who each introduce their own approaches to CDA. Examples are included throughout, demonstrating the value of the method in analysing a variety of genres of written material on a whole range of topics, including global warming, leadership in management, and globalisation.

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Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences

Edited by Ruth Wodak and Michal Krzyzanowski; Palgrave 2008

What can language tell us about society? Looking at a range of genres, from political speeches to internet chat, this book shows how qualitative methods are used to analyse discourses throughout the social sciences. The practical problems of designing and conducting discourse-based research are solved in this key resource for all social scientists.

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Handbook of Communication in the Public Sphere

Edited by Ruth Wodak and Veronika Koller; De Gruyter 2008

This volume brings together research from different traditions which maps the vast territory of language and communication in the public sphere from a variety of angles, including (critical) discourse analysis, genre theory and media studies. The book is divided into the three broad fields of business, politics and media, ensuring the interdisciplinary nature of the volume. Every contribution provides the state of the art of the respective field as well as most relevant theoretical frameworks, a discussion of methodologies and some empirical examples. The book addresses students and researchers in various fields of the Social Sciences.

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The Language of Children

By Julia Gillen; Routledge 2003

This user-friendly and accessible A level textbook has been recommended by the AQA for several years.  It introduces the key theories of language acquisition and provides a historical overview of the subject. The book looks at all the ways children learn to communicate, from writing and talking to playing and using computers. Included are a wide variety of real texts and data, from records of children’s first words to children's hand-written stories and emails. The textbook also explores the language of children from a range of backgrounds and abilities, including deaf and bilingual children.

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Language and Power

By Norman Fairclough; Longman 2014

Language and Power is about how language works to maintain and change power relations in contemporary society, and how understanding these processes can enable people to resist and change them. This book has been used as an A-level text for quite a number of years. It was first published in 1989, with revised editions in 2001 and 2014.

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