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The Sociolinguistics of Writing

Lillis, Theresa (2013). The Sociolinguistics of Writing. Edinburgh Sociolinguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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This book puts writing at the centre of sociolinguistic inquiry drawing on a range of academic fields including New Literacy Studies, semiotics, genre studies, stylistics and new rhetoric. The key question the book explores is- what do we mean by ‘writing’ in the 21 century?

Using examples from across a range of contexts the book argues that writing, involving both old and new technologies, is a pervasive and complex communicative feature of contemporary life.

The book is organised around the following areas:
• The multimodal nature of writing
• The verbal dimension to writing
• Writing as everyday practice
• Writing as a differentiated semiotic and social resource
• Writing as the inscription of identity

A range of analytic tools for analysing writing as text and practice are illustrated including genre, register, discourse and metaphor, as well as notions which emphasise the mobile potential of writing such as genre chains, networks, literacy brokers and text trajectories. This book seeks to redress the neglect of writing in the field of sociolinguistics by introducing readers to the nature and consequences of what it means to do writing in a globalised world.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2013 Theresa Lillis
ISBN: 0-7486-3750-8, 978-0-7486-3750-8
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 35341
Depositing User: Theresa Lillis
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 10:26
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 11:12
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