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What do we need to know about language and why do we need to know it? This book shows how viewing the world through a linguistics lens can help us to understand how we communicate with each other and why we do it in the ways we do. Above all this book is about noticing. It is about encouraging readers to pay attention to the language that surrounds them.

The book addresses fundamental linguistic questions such as: Where do people's beliefs about language come from? Who decides what language we should speak? How do we choose the best way to express what we mean? It introduces a set of practical tools for language analysis and, using examples of authentic communicative activity including overheard conversations, Facebook posts and public announcements, shows how this kind of analysis works and what it can tell us about social interaction.

Exploring language and language use from a social, intercultural and multilingual perspective, the authors demonstrate the relevance of linguistics in understanding day-to-day interaction. This book will help readers not only to become informed, active observers of language for its own sake, but also to be able to take on and challenge some of the misconceptions, assumptions and prejudices that so often underlie public discussion of language issues.

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..". this is a highly readable book organized in a cohesive argumentative flow. Each chapter has an explicit stated purpose, and builds into the next chapter to give support to the authors' main argument, i.e. linguistics is an essential subject that everyone should learn. Throughout the book, the authors refer back and forward to examples and ideas in other chapters. In addition, the transitions between chapters are smooth, helping the reader to make sense of the overall structure of the volume." - Adriana Picoral, University of Arizona, Linguist List

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Fiona English is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Multimodal Research, Department of Culture, Media and Communication, Institute of Education, University of London, UK Tim Marr is a Visiting Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Centre for Educational Research and Services, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru

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