New Titles from Routledge
Language and Power
A Resource Book for Students, 2nd Edition
294 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.
Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two-dimensional’ structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration and extension – which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.
Language and Power, Second Edition has been completely revised and updated and includes:
- a comprehensive survey of the ways in which language intersects and connects with the social, cultural and political aspects of power;
- an introduction to the history of the field, covering all the major approaches, theoretical concepts and methods of analysis in this important and developing area of academic study;
- coverage of all the ‘traditional’ topics, such as race, gender and institutional power, but also newer topics such as the discourse of post-truth, and the power of social media;
- readings from works by seminal figures in the field, such as Robin Lakoff, Deborah Cameron and Teun van Dijk;
- real texts and examples throughout, including advertisements from cosmetics companies; newspaper articles and headlines; websites and internet media; and spoken dialogues such as political and presidential speeches;
- a supporting companion website that aims to challenge students at a more advanced level and which features extra reading, exercises, follow-up activities, and suggestions for further work.
Language and Power will be essential reading for students studying English language or linguistics.
The History of English
An Introduction, 2nd Edition
474 pages | 84 B/W Illus.
The History of English: An Introduction provides a chronological analysis of the linguistic, social, and cultural development of the English language from before its establishment in Britain around the year 450 to the present. Each chapter represents a new stage in the development of the language from Old English through Middle English to Modern Global English, all illustrated with a rich and diverse selection of primary texts showing changes in language resulting from contact, conquest and domination, and the expansion of English around the world.
The History of English goes beyond the usual focus on English in the UK and the USA to include the wider global course of the language during and following the Early Modern English period. This perspective therefore also includes a historical review of English in its pidgin and creole varieties and as a native and/or second language in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.
This new edition of The History of English has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, and features:
- chapter introductions and conclusions to assist in orientation;
- over 90 textual examples demonstrating linguistic change accompanied, as necessary, by translations and/or glosses;
- study questions on the social, cultural, and linguistic background of the periods and topics, as well as recommendations for further reading and topics for further study;
- over 100 figures, tables and maps to support and illuminate the text;
- 18 pages of colour plates depicting exemplary texts, relevant artifacts, and examples of language usage, including Germanic runes, the opening page of Beowulf, the New England Primer, and the Treaty of Waitangi;
- a brand-new companion website hosting further articles on linguistic, historical, and cultural phenomena which go beyond the scope of the book, additional sample texts, exercises, and audio clips.
The History of English is essential reading for any student of the English language, and will be of relevance to any course addressing the origins of the English language.
What Painting Is
By James Elkins
288 pages | 15 Color Illus. | 15 B/W Illus.
In this classic text, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in the studio--the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colors will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, this anniversary edition includes a new introduction and preface by Elkins in which he further reflects on the experience of painting and its role in the study of art today.
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