How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit
Routledge – 2011 – 210 pages
How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit is the essential new book from James Paul Gee, bestselling author of An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method. Discourse analysis is widely used in a range of academic subjects, all concerned with how humans make meaning and communicate within and across different social and cultural groups.
Using a practical how-to approach, Gee provides the tools necessary to work with discourse analysis, with engaging step-by-step tasks featured throughout the book. Each tool is clearly explained, along with guidance on how to use it, and authentic data is provided for readers to practice using the tools. Readers from all fields will gain both a practical and theoretical background in how to do discourse analysis and knowledge of discourse analysis as a distinctive research methodology.
How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit is the ideal preparation for future learning in discourse analysis and applied linguistics. It is the companion text to Gee’s An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method, meant for those interested in learning discourse analysis by doing it.
"This is without a doubt the most accessible and user-friendly book on discourse analysis to come along for many years. It is an ideal companion to Gee’s previous book, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis, and will make for an ideal textbook in a wide range of undergraduate courses in language, linguistics and English studies."
Rodney Jones, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
"As an ideal companion to An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method, How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit is more hands-on in its approach to understanding and applying discourse analysis in research, teaching, and learning. It is a pleasure to read Gee’s simple, clear, humor-injected prose. Part of his brilliance derives from not only making theory accessible, but also anchoring discourse in authentic contexts. The book is essential reading for students and scholars exploring the nuances of language."
Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University, Canada
"How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit" should not be seen as a mere textbook for undergraduate students in linguistics, but as an essential guide highly recommended to researchers in social sciences and a range of professions dealing with written, spoken or multimodal texts.' - LINGUIST List
"The volume offers a rich contribution, not only in respect of illumination and application of the selected tools, but also of what are essentially ethnographically and sociolinguistically motivated perspectives on DA more generally." Discourse Studies
Introduction Unit 1. Language and Context 1.1. Language and Language Acquisition 1.2 Context Grammar Interlude #1: Deixis 1.3. Two Tools: The Fill In Tool and the Making Strange Tool 1.4. Working with the Filling In Tool Grammar Interlude #2: Subjects and Predicates 1.5. Working with the Making Strange Tool Grammar Interlude #3: Intonation 1.6. The Frame Problem 1.7. The Frame Problem Tool 1.8. Working with the Frame Problem Tool Unit 2: Saying, Doing, and Designing 2.1. The Doing and Not Just Saying Tool 2.2. Working with the Doing and Not Just Saying Tool 2.3. Using Grammar to Build Structures and Meaning Grammar Interlude #4: Vocabulary 2.4. The Why This Way and Not That Way Tool Grammar Interlude #5: Integrating Information 2.5. Working with the Why This Way and Not That Way Tool Grammar Interlude #6: Topics and Themes 2.6. Why We Build and Design with Grammar 2.7. Using Language to Build Things in the World Grammar Interlude #7: Stanzas Unit 3: Building Things in the World 3.1. The Context is Reflexive Tool 3.2. Working with the Context is Reflexive Tool 3.3. Building Tasks and Building Tools 3.4. The Significance Building Tool 3.5. Working with the Significance Building Tool 3.6. The Activities Building Tool 3.7. Working with the Activities Building Tool 3.8. The Identities Building Tool 3.9. Working with the Identities Building Tool 3.10. The Relationships Building Tool 3.11. Working with the Relationships Building Tool 3.12. The Politics Building Tool 3.13. Working with the Politics Building Tool 3.14. The Connections Building Tool Grammar Interlude #8: Cohesion 3.15. Working with the Connections Building Tool 3.16. The Sign Systems and Knowledge Building Tool 3.17. Working with the Sign Systems and Knowledge Building Tool Grammar Interlude #10: Topic Flow or Topic Chaining Unit 4: Theoretical Tools 4.1. Five Theoretical Tools 4.2. The Situated Meaning Tool 4.3. Working with the Situated Meaning Tool 4.4. The Social Languages Tool 4.5. Working with the Social Language Tool 4.6. The Intertextuality Tool 4.7. Working with the Intertextuality Tool 4.8. The Figured Worlds Tool 4.9. Working with the Figured Worlds Tool 4.10. The Big D Discourse Tool 4.11. Working with the Big D Discourse Tool Conclusion Appendix 1: Discourse Analysis for Images and Multimodal Texts Appendix 2: List of Tools
James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. His many titles include An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (second edition 2005), Sociolinguistics and Literacies (third edition 2007) and Situated Language and Learning (2004), all published by Routledge.