LINGUIST List 13.340

Thu Feb 7 2002

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Vinegrad, Anna, Sociolinguistics

Message 1: Sociolinguistics

Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 10:17:40 -0000
From: Vinegrad, Anna <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics

Subfield: Sociolinguistics

POWER TALK: Language and Interaction in Institutional Discourse

Joanna Thornborrow

The concept of social power, who holds it and how they use it is a
widely debated subject particularly in the field of discourse
analysis, and the wider arena of sociolinguistics.

In her new book, Joanna Thornborrow challenges the received notion
that power is necessarily held by some speakers and not by
others. Through the detailed analysis of communication and interaction
within a range of institutional settings, she examines power as an
emerging, negotiated phenomenon between participants with different
status and goals.

Written in a clear style which combines attention to technical detail
with accessibility, Power Talk includes:

*	a comprehensive introduction to the theme of power including the
analytic approaches to power in language

*	a wide-ranging discussion of theory and practice

*	and, in-depth contemporary case studies.

Power Talk is the first book to focus on the topic of power in
situated interaction across a range of contexts. As such, it makes a
timely, and important contribution to the debate surrounding social
power and language use, and will be of value to both students and
researchers alike.

Joanna Thornborrow is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and
Communication Research at Cardiff University. She is widely published,
recently guest-editing a special issue of Discourse Studies with Theo
Van Leeuwen on authenticity in media discourse, and is co-author of
Patterns in Language: An Introduction to Language and Literary Style
with Sh=AEn Wareing. She is a founder member, and co-organiser, of
the Ross Priory Seminar Group on Broadcast Talk.


Real Language Series

December 2001/160pp

ISBN 0582 368790

=A316.99 UK (paper)

UK Orders
01279 623322 <>
For Europe and Rest of World please see ordering details on our 

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