Textbooks for the new term

by Jeanette Sakel – UPDATED!

I’ve had quite a few emails from students asking about which books we’ll be using in the new term . I’ve given a few of you some pointers, but thought it would be helpful to have a list of books before the module handbooks are released. This post will be added to as colleagues let me know which books they’ll be using, so keep checking!

There are two categories: essential (i.e. a book we’d expect you to read from cover to cover) and recommended (i.e. a book we’d like you to read, but which you don’t necessarily have to buy). I’m only indicating recommended reading below (the others are ‘essentials’). Why not check out our library copies (Saville-Troike is being purchased at the moment).

English Language and Linguistics at UWE: textbooks and recommended reading for 2013-14

Level 3

English Language Project / Linguistics Project: recommended reading: 
  • Wray, Alison and Bloomer, Aileen (2012) Projects in Linguistics and Language Studies. 3rd. edition. Croydon: Hodder Education: LINK  
Language contact and bilingualism: We’ll be using some chapters written by me (Jeanette), supplemented by the following recommended reading:
  • Matras, Yaron Language Contact. Cambridge University Press: LINK (if you want to buy a book, I’d recommend to buy this one)
  • Donal Winford: an Introduction to contact linguistics: LINK

Creative Writing and the Self:

  • TB1: Hunt, C. and F. Sampson. 2006.  Writing: Self and Reflexivity.  Basingstoke: Palgrave: LINK
  • TB2: Riessman, C.K.  2008.  Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences.  London: Sage: LINK  
The cultural history of the English Language: the following two are core books. “Buy at least one” says Richard. He also has a lot of extra recommended reading, which you’ll find in the module handbook.
  • Baugh & Cable A history of the English LanguageLINK, you can also go for the older edition (which Richard owns): LINK
  • Crystal The stories of English: LINK
Critical discourse analysis:
Charteris-Black, J. (2014) Analysing Political Speeches: Rhetoric, Discourse  and Metaphor. Palgrave-MacMillan (bookshop order placed)
Recommended reading:

  • Fairclough, N. (2003) Analysing Discourse. Oxford: Routledge
  • Jaworski, A & Coupland, N. 2nd edition (2006) The Discourse Reader. London: Routledge
  • Richardson, J .E. (2007) Analysing newspapers: an approach from critical discourse analysis. Palgrave
  • Machin, D. & Mayr A. How to do Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Sage
Gender, power and (im)politeness in language: to be added
TESOL: an enormous bibliography, which is not practical to put on the blog. Rebecca will provide you with the materials in the module handbook. Many materials will be digitised.

Level 2

Language Acquisition
TB1 a reading list consisting of a number of chapters from different textbooks, but recommended reading is:
  • Saville-Troike, Muriel (2012) Introducing Second Language Acquisition. 2nd. Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: LINK

Language and the Mind

TB1: a mixture of different books. Recommended reading includes:

  • Harley, T.A. (2010) Talking the Talk, chapters 5-8: LINK
  • Paul Warren’s (2012) Introducing Psycholinguistics, chapters 1-9: LINK

TB2: a mixture of texts, including as recommended reading:

  • M. Tallerman (2011) ‘Understanding Syntax’, third edition: LINK

Language, skills and enterprise

TB1: a wide range of materials. If I (Jeanette) finish the relevant chapters in time, you’ll also get a number of chapters from my new book on ‘Study Skills in Linguistics’ as set reading.

TB2: a range of materials. There are a number of good ‘methods’ books – watch this space, I’ll hopefully be able to update this soon, or at least give you more recommended reading. One book that I like is Z. Dörnyei Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: LINK, but the lecturers on the module will also provide you with other recommended reading.

Analysing culture: language and the visual

TB1: probably digitised materials – but watch this space

TB2: probably digitised materials – but watch this space

Level 1

Sociolinguistics and Fieldwork

TB1: Meyerhoff, M Introducing Sociolinguistics: LINK

TB2: one core textbook and further recommended reading:

  • core: Sakel & Everett Linguistic Fieldwork Cambridge University Press: LINK
  • recommended: R. Lieber Introducing Morphology CUP: LINK
  • recommended: R. Coates Word Structure: LINK

English: Past, present and future

TB1: no fixed core textbook. You’ll read a few chapters written by me (Jeanette) for one of my new books. Rebecca (weeks 6-11) will provide you with digitised materials. We’ll also read a few chapters from the following, recommended book (it’s a good read anyway, so I’d read that as a start):

  • Yule The study of languageLINK

TB2: to be added

Applying Linguistics: Forensic Analysis

TB1: to be added

TB2: to be added

Meaning: style and discourse

TB1: to be added

TB2: to be added


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