The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography provides an accessible, authoritative and comprehensive overview of this growing body of research, combining ethnographic approaches with close attention to language use. This handbook illustrates the richness and potential of linguistic ethnography to provide detailed understandings of situated patterns of language use while connecting these patterns clearly to broader social structures.

Including a general introduction to linguistic ethnography and 25 state-of-the-art chapters from expert international scholars, the handbook is divided into three sections. Chapters cover historical, empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions to the field, and new approaches and developments.

This handbook is key reading for those studying linguistic ethnography, qualitative research methods, sociolinguistics and educational linguistics within English Language, Applied Linguistics, Education and Anthropology.


chapter 1|9 pages

General introduction

ByKarin Tusting

part I|127 pages

Antecedents, related areas and key concepts

chapter 2|15 pages

Interactional sociolinguistics

ByBen Rampton

chapter 3|12 pages

Discourse analysis

ByStef Slembrouck

chapter 4|14 pages

Literacy studies

ByJulia Gillen, Winnie Siu-yee Ho

chapter 5|16 pages

Sociolinguistic ethnographies of globalisation

ByAlexandra Grey, Ingrid Piller

chapter 6|14 pages


ByStef Slembrouck, Mieke Vandenbroucke

chapter 7|13 pages

Social class

ByJulia Snell

chapter 8|12 pages


ByAdrian Blackledge, Angela Creese

chapter 9|16 pages

Style and stylisation

ByJürgen Jaspers, Sarah Van Hoof

chapter 10|13 pages


ByJeff Bezemer, Sahra Abdullahi

part II|117 pages


chapter 11|13 pages

Participant observation and field notes

ByUta Papen

chapter 12|14 pages

The ethnographic interview

ByAnna De Fina

chapter 13|16 pages

Micro-analysis of spoken interaction

ByRachel Heinrichsmeier

chapter 14|14 pages


ByFiona Copland

chapter 15|15 pages

Collaborative ethnography

ByGabriele Budach

chapter 16|16 pages


ByAdriana Patiño-Santos

chapter 17|12 pages

Digital approaches in linguistic ethnography

ByPiia Varis, Mingyi Hou

chapter 18|15 pages

Mixing methods? Linguistic ethnography and language variation

BySusan Dray, Rob Drummond

part III|114 pages

Sites and situations

chapter 19|14 pages

Youth language

ByRickard Jonsson, Henning Årman, Tommaso M. Milani

chapter 20|13 pages

Language diversity in classroom settings

ByRichard Barwell

chapter 21|13 pages

Elite multilingualism

ByCharlotte Selleck, Elisabeth Barakos

chapter 22|13 pages

Lingua franca scenarios

ByJanus Mortensen

chapter 23|14 pages

Faith communities

ByVally Lytra

chapter 24|14 pages


BySara Shaw, Laura Eyre

chapter 25|16 pages

Sign languages

ByLynn Hou, Annelies Kusters

chapter 26|15 pages

Academic writing

ByKathrin Kaufhold, Karin Tusting