This collection brings together contributions from both leading and emerging scholars in one comprehensive volume to showcase the richness of linguistic approaches to the study of pop culture and their potential to inform linguistic theory building and analytical frameworks. The book features examples from a dynamic range of pop culture registers, including lyrics, the language of fictional TV series, comics, and musical subcultures, as a means of both providing a rigorous and robust description of these forms through the lens of linguistic study but also in outlining methodological issues involved in applying linguistic approaches. The volume also explores the didactic potential of pop culture, looking at the implementation of pop culture traditions in language learning settings. This collection offers unique insights into the interface of linguistic study and the broader paradigm of pop culture scholarship, making this an ideal resource for graduate students and researchers in applied linguistics, English language, media studies, cultural studies, and discourse analysis.

part I|45 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

Linguistics and Pop Culture

Setting the Scene(s)
ByValentin Werner

chapter 2|19 pages

Pop Culture and Linguistics—Is That, Like, a Thing Now?

ByJoe Trotta

part II|45 pages


chapter 3|23 pages

Pardon My French … and German … and Spanish …

(Mis)speaking in Tongues in Marvel Comics
ByShane Walshe

chapter 4|20 pages

Linguistic Discourse in Web Comics

Extending Conversation and Narrative Into Alt-Text and Hidden Comics
ByFrank Bramlett

part III|43 pages

Music and Lyrics

chapter 5|21 pages

Pop Culture and the Globalization of Non-standard Varieties of English

Jamaican Creole in German Reggae Subculture
ByMichael Westphal

chapter 6|20 pages

“Britpop Is a Thing, Damn It”

On British Attitudes Toward American English and an Americanized Singing Style
ByLisa Jansen

part IV|47 pages

TV and Movies

chapter 7|23 pages

Variation in Movies and Television Programs

The Impact of Corpus Sampling
ByMarcia Veirano Pinto

chapter 8|22 pages

Verbal Humor in Crime Drama Television

A Cognitive-Linguistic Approach to Popular TV Series
ByChristoph Schubert

part V|68 pages

Pop Meets EFL

chapter 9|23 pages

An Analysis of Pop Songs for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Bridging the Gap Between Corpus Analysis and Teaching Practice
ByTheresa Summer

chapter 10|20 pages

Song Lyrics

From Multi-Dimensional Analysis to the Foreign Language Classroom
ByPatricia Bértoli

chapter 11|23 pages

(Im)politeness Rituals in The Young Pope and Teaching Pragmatics

BySilvia Bruti

part |11 pages


chapter 12|9 pages

Analyzing Pop Culture

ByMonika Bednarek