The 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.
Bibliographical noteEmeritus Professor of Sociology at Queen's
Visiting Professor at Universita Cattolica, Milano currently
- Football, Sociology, Language, Social Integration,