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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   34/2
Date: April 2005
Table of Contents: Styling Men and Masculinities: Interactional and identity aspects at work
by Alexandra Georgakopoulou
pp 163-184

Historical Context and Intercultural Communication: Interactions between Japanese and American factory workers in the American South
by Yukako Sunaoshi
pp 185-217

Class-inclusion and Correspondence Models as Discourse Types: A framework for approaching metaphorical discourse
by Lionel Wee
pp 219-238

"Why you so Singlish one?" A Semantic and Cultural Interpretation of the Singapore English Particle One
by Jock Onn Wong
pp 239-275

Language and Sexuality and Talking Gender and Sexuality
reviewed by Rudolf P. Gaudio
pp 277-282

Bad News, Good News: Conversational order in everyday talk and clinical settings
reviewed by Aaron Cicourel
pp 282-291

Language and Power in the Modern World
reviewed by Lisa Valentine
pp 291-293

Sociolinguistics: The essential readings
reviewed by Hailong Tian
pp 294-296

Language Policies in Education: Critical issues
reviewed by Norbert Francis
pp 297-300

Continua of Biliteracy: An ecological framework for educational policy, research, and practice in multilingual settings
reviewed by David Ian Hanauer
pp 300-302

Us and Others: Social identities across languages, discourses, cultures
reviewed by Kay McCormick
pp 303-307

On Our Mind: Salience, context, and figurative language
reviewed by Ning Yu
pp 307-310

Gender Shifts in the History of English
reviewed by Gunnar Persson
pp 311-313

Apologising in British English
reviewed by Gill Woodman
pp 314-317

Invitations to Love: Literacy, love letters, and social change in Nepal
reviewed by Chaise Ladousa
pp 317-320

Publications Received
by Jock Onn Wong
pp 321-324

Editor's Note
by Jane H. Hill
pp 325-325

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
LL Issue: 16.1453