This book examines the ways in which the media represents language-related issues, but also how the media's use of language is central to the construction of what people think language is, could or ought to be like. The chapters examine issues of identity, gender, youth, citizenship, politics and ideology across a range of media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet. The result is a multilingual survey of the construction of language in and by the media that will be essential reading for students and researchers of sociolinguistics or language and communication.
Sally Johnson is Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds. Astrid Ensslin is a Lecturer in New Media at the University of Wales Bangor