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An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Theory and Method, 4th Edition


248 pages

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Discourse analysis considers how language, both spoken and written, enacts social and cultural perspectives and identities. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis examines the field and presents James Paul Gee’s unique integrated approach which incorporates both a theory of language-in-use and a method of research.

An Introduction to Discourse Analysis can be used as a stand-alone textbook or ideally used in conjunction with the practical companion title How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit. Together they provide the complete resource for students studying discourse analysis.

Updated throughout, the fourth edition of this seminal textbook also includes two new chapters: ‘What is Discourse?’ to further understanding of the topic, as well as a new concluding section. A new companion website features a frequently asked questions section, additional tasks to support understanding, a glossary and free access to journal articles by James Paul Gee.

Clearly structured and written in a highly accessible style, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis includes perspectives from a variety of approaches and disciplines, including applied linguistics, education, psychology, anthropology and communication to help students and scholars from a range of backgrounds to formulate their own views on discourse and engage in their own discourse analysis.

This is an essential textbook for all advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of discourse analysis.


"…Gee attempts to condense, simplify, and make accessible and applicable a large and often abstract body of work from multiple fields of inquiry that claim discourse analysis." - Michael Schwartz, St. Cloud State University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. What is Discourse Analysis 3. Building Tasks 4. Tools of Inquiry and Discourses 5. Social Languages, Conversations and Intertextuality 6. Form-Function Correlations, Situated Meanings, and Figured Worlds 7. Figured Worlds 8. Context 9. Discourse Analysis 10. Processing and Organizing Language 11. Sample of Discourse Analysis 1 12. Sample of Discourse Analysis 2 13. Sample of Discourse Analysis 3 Chapter 14. Conclusion: Proactive Design

About the Originator

James Paul Gee is Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, USA. He is author of a number of books, including How to Do Discourse Analysis, second edition, Language and Learning in the Digital Age and is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis.

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