English Language Studies from Rhetoric to Applied English

  • Peter Stockwell


Perhaps more than almost any other subject, the study of English language in a native-speaker context has been much debated, ideologised and caught up in issues of morality, citizenship, nationalism, liberty and identity. It is interesting to think why. The most obvious reason—and unlike almost every other field—is that the ‘English language’ is both the object and the medium of study. This also means that every speaker feels that they have a legitimate and valid opinion on language matters: everyone feels that they are an expert in a way that does not generally happen with physicists, surgeons, historians or philosophers.


Literary Criticism Literary Work Apply Linguistics Critical Discourse Analysis Direct Speech 
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