Simpson's textbook, rightly the best-selling international pedagogical primer for the subject, is back in an expanded, updated, and improved second edition (313 pages against previous 247). In line with the series in which it appears, Stylistics is structured into four major sections, Introduction, Development, Exploration, and Extension. These sections are carefully sequenced and include helpful cross-references to other sections of the book, with clearly signaled indications of additional Internet support materials. The exercises are in many cases revised, but as engaging and provoking as ever, and can easily be used or adapted by the classroom teacher or for self-study by students as well as curious teachers and researchers who need to clarify or update their understandings of areas not quite within their usual specialism. The sections tackle, respectively, key concepts, developments (i.e., some examples of how the key concepts might be explored and issues they raise),...

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