1st Edition

Describing Discourse
A Practical Guide to Discourse Analysis

ISBN 9780340809617
Published August 25, 2006 by Routledge
224 Pages

USD $44.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

For anyone approaching Discourse Analysis for the first time, theory means little when it is not related to actual knowledge and experience of language in use. Describing Discourse takes the unique approach of introducing discourse studies through the hands-on analysis of linguistic data.

The book introduces students to specific discourses constructed for particular purposes, for example, from the domains of advertising, law, medicine and education. Each chapter provides examples, exercises and commentary designed to develop the analytical abilities needed in describing the characteristic forms and typical functions of different discourses.

Describing Discourse provides the ideal entry into the study of discourse for students new to the subject.

Table of Contents

The Discourse of Speech and Writing
The Discourse of Politics
The Discourse of Advertising
The Discourse of Law
The Discourse of Education
The Discourse of Medicine

View More



Dr Nicola Woods is Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport, UK.