Bringing the study of writing to the heart of sociolinguistic inquiry, this textbook illustrates and challenges the 'great divide' between speech and writing and raises questions about what's involved in viewing any stretch of language as 'written/writing'. The book is organised around four main areas: 1) socially oriented text analyses of written texts; 2) modality inflected analyses of texts and practices; 3) writing as identity and performance; and 4) the analysis of literacy practices in relation to networks, access, participation and resources. Further topics covered include: what we mean by 'writing'; specific functions of writing and written texts within academic knowledge in sociolinguistics; and key practical questions about carrying out research into writing from sociolinguistic perspectives. Core sociolinguistic approaches to writing are explored throughout the book, including, for example, different aspects of the politics of orthography and writing systems. ; This book brings the study of writing to the heart of sociolinguistic inquiry.
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The author has succeeded in giving an ambitious and intelligently designed overview of the scientific discourse related to writing and sociolinguistics. The present publication shows the current state of research and helps researchers, and perhaps advanced students, to get an impression of different approaches to the topic as well as to position themselves and their work. It can be seen as real progress that writing is no longer neglected in sociolinguistics. it is most interesting to see what kind of research in this relatively new field will be produced in the near future.
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Theresa Lillis is Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University, UK. Her research interests are in academic and professional writing, particularly the politics of access, location and participation. Recent publications include Academic writing in a global context, with Mary Jane Curry (Routledge 2010) and articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Written Communication, the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and the Journal of Advanced Composition.