Language in Theory: A Resource Book for Students : ABCD

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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The Routledge English Language Introductions series provides a one-stop resource for students of all areas of language and linguistic study. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, books in the series offer activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume.
Each book contains an introduction, development, exploration and extension section and includes real texts from a wide range of sources. An innovative 'two-dimensional' design enables easy and flexible use. A companion website will be launched to coincide with publication of the book.

Language in Theory:

*provides a comprehensive introduction to the conceptual frameworks which underpin the study of language
*draws on a wide range of texts from recipes by Nigella Lawson to briefings by Donald Rumsfeld and writings by John Berger and Toni Morrison
*provides classic readings by the key names in the field from Derrida and Foucault to Lakoff and Johnson.

Written by experienced teachers and authors, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language and literature as well as those with an interest in a variety of subjects from philosophy to cultural studies.

The accompanying website can be found at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415320488

 

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Contents

Gendered language
2
The language of race
4
Language and society
7
Performative language
10
Locating intention
13
Consciousness and cognition
16
Creativity in language
20
Figures
22
Constructing interpretations
60
investigating language in theory
65
Reading gender
66
Reading race
70
Reading the political
74
Languages performances
79
Desiring intention
84
Language and mind
88

The reception of meaning
26
further issues in theory
31
Writing gender
32
Writing race
35
Language society and history
39
Language performs
42
Dislocating intention
45
References
46
Mind reading
49
Creating worlds
53
Figuration
56
Forms of creativity
92
Making metaphors
98
Creating interpretations
102
readings of language in theory
107
Judith Butler
126
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
140
Michael Toolan 1 58
158
Glossarial index
173
Units INTRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT
175
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Mark Robson is a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Nottingham and also teaches in the Centre for Critical Theory. Peter Stockwell is Senior Lecturer in the same department. He is an experienced author and editor and is author of Sociolinguistics, the first book in the Routledge English Language Introductions series.

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