Football talk: sociological reflections on the dialectics of language and football

  title={Football talk: sociological reflections on the dialectics of language and football},
  author={R. Penn},
  journal={European Journal for Sport and Society},
  pages={154 - 166}
  • R. Penn
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • European Journal for Sport and Society
  • Abstract This paper examines the relationship between football and language from a sociological point of view. This has often been couched in negative terms, but the paper argues that such a view distorts the majority of ‘Football Talk’. The discourse surrounding football within everyday interactions is often positive and integrative. ‘Football Talk’ acts as a lingua franca amongst football supporters. This language code is therefore both inclusive and exclusive. 
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