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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   34/4
Date: October 2005
Table of Contents: Spelling Bilingualism: Script choice in Russian American classified ads and signage
by Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer
pp 493-531

Linguists' Most Dangerous Myth: The fallacy of Creole Exceptionalism
by Michel DeGraff
pp 533-591

Variability of Spatial Frames of Reference in Wayfinding Discourse on Commercial Signboards
by Kuniyoshi Kataoka
pp 593-632

The Handbook of Language and Gender
reviewed by Pia Pichler
pp 633-638

Talking Terrorism: A dictionary of the loaded language of political violence
reviewed by Robin Tolmach Lakoff
pp 638-641

At War with Words and War of Words: Language, politics and 9/11
reviewed by P. Kerim Friedman
pp 641-646

New Media Language
reviewed by Lily Chen
pp 646-649

Languages in a Globalising World
reviewed by Lukas D. Tsitsipis
pp 649-652

Phonetic Data Analysis: An introduction to fieldwork and instrumental techniques
reviewed by Natasha L. Warner
pp 652-655

My Son is an Alien: A cultural portrait of today's youth
reviewed by Cecelia Anne Cutler
pp 655-658

Language, Social Structure, and Culture: A genre analysis of cooking classes in Japan and America
reviewed by Laura Miller
pp 658-661

Publications Received
by Kuniyoshi Kataoka
pp 663-665

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
 
LL Issue: 16.2582