Language and communication are central features of social behaviour. So, it is somewhat surprising that the social psychological study of language, communication and discourse has a relatively short history. In this book a leading group of language, discourse and social psychology scholars will overview the history, theories and methods of the field. However, the main focus is discussing current developments in the social psychology of language and discourse, showcasing cutting edge empirical work.The target audiences for the series are students, teachers and researchers who want to see what's going on in the field from a wider perspective. The book captures the full potential and excitement of language, discourse and social psychology. For students, the book should encourage them to see the subject in the broad, and their own studies in context. For teachers and researchers it will highlight some of the most exciting current research directions.