Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students. Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. Researching English Language: * provides comprehensive support for readers tackling their first independent research projects * offers advice about research methods with reference to an extensive range of English Language topics including variation in accents, news discourse, forensic linguistics, child language development and many more * guides readers step-by-step through the research process, from initial ideas to the submission of the dissertation * includes an extensive range of activities and points for discussion * illustrates each topic with examples from actual student projects and published studies * includes key readings from leading English language researchers, including Ronald Carter; Jennifer Coates; Ruqaiya Hasan; Roz Ivanic; Ben Rampton; John Sinclair. This title will be essential reading for students undertaking research within the areas of English Language, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.