The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies provides a comprehensive overview of English Language Studies. The book takes a three-pronged approach to examine what constitutes the phenomenon of the English language; why and in what contexts it is an important subject to study; and what the chief methodologies are that are used to study it. In 30 chapters written by leading scholars from around the world, this Handbook covers and critically examines:

  • English Language Studies as a discipline that is changing and evolving in response to local and global pressures;
  • definitions of English, including world Englishes, contact Englishes, and historical and colonial perspectives;
  • the relevance of English in areas such as teaching, politics and the media;
  • analysis of English situated in wider linguistics contexts, including psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and linguistic ethnography.

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies is essential reading for researchers and students working in fields related to the teaching and study of the English language in any context.

part 1|137 pages

Defining English

chapter 1|13 pages

The idea of English

chapter 2|14 pages

The historical study of English

chapter 3|17 pages

English and colonialism

chapter 4|18 pages

World Englishes

Disciplinary debates and future directions

chapter 5|16 pages

English and multilingualism

A contested history

chapter 6|14 pages

Standards in English

chapter 7|14 pages

Contact Englishes

chapter 8|15 pages

The phonology of English

part 2|173 pages

The relevance of English

chapter 11|15 pages

Literacy in English

Literacies in Englishes

chapter 14|14 pages

English and social identity

chapter 15|14 pages

Language, gender and sexuality

chapter 16|25 pages

The politics of English

chapter 17|13 pages

Persuasive language

chapter 18|15 pages

Literature and the English language

chapter 19|14 pages

The language of creative writing

chapter 21|14 pages

The language of social media

part 3|136 pages

Analysing English

chapter 22|18 pages


Studying literary and everyday style in English

chapter 23|16 pages


Studying English and its social relations

chapter 24|18 pages

Corpus linguistics

Studying language as part of the digital humanities

chapter 25|13 pages

Discourse analysis

Studying and critiquing language in use

chapter 26|14 pages

Linguistic ethnography

Studying English language, cultures and practices

chapter 28|14 pages

Metaphor studies and English

chapter 29|13 pages

Multimodal English

chapter 30|14 pages

English and translation