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2nd Edition

Discourse Analysis
A Resource Book for Students

ISBN 9781138669673
Published October 23, 2018 by Routledge
250 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two dimensional’ structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration and extension – which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. Each book in the series has a companion website with extra resources for teachers, lecturers and students.


Discourse Analysis:

• provides a comprehensive overview of the major approaches to and methodological tools used in discourse analysis;

• introduces both traditional perspectives on the analysis of texts and talk as well as more recent approaches that address technologically mediated and multimodal discourse;

• incorporates practical examples using real data;

• includes articles from key authors in the field, including Jan Blommaert, William Labov, Paul Baker, Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson.

Features of the new edition include: new readings featuring cutting-edge research; updated references; revised and refreshed examples; and a wider range of material from social media that includes Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Written by an experienced teacher and author, this accessible textbook is essential reading for all students of English language and linguistics.

Table of Contents

Contents cross-referenced

List of figures and tables


A Introduction: Key topics in the study of discourse analysis

 1 What is discourse analysis?

 2 Texts and texture

 3 Texts and their social functions

 4 Discourse and ideology

 5 Spoken discourse

 6 Strategic interaction

 7 Context, culture and communication

 8 Mediated discourse analysis

 9 Multimodal discourse analysis

10 Corpus-assisted discourse analysis

B Development: Approaches to discourse analysis

 1 Three ways of looking at discourse

 2 Cohesion and coherence

 3 All the right moves

 4 Constructing reality

 5 The texture of talk

 6 Negotiating relationships and activities

 7 The SPEAKING model

 8 Mediation

 9 Modes, meaning and action

10 Procedures for corpus-assisted discourse analysis

C Exploration: Analysing discourse

 1 Doing discourse analysis: first steps

 2 Analysing texture

 3 Analysing genres

 4 Other people's voices

 5 Analysing speech acts

 6 Analysing conversational strategies

 7 Analysing contexts

 8 Doing mediated discourse analysis

 9 Analysing multimodality

10 Analysing corpora

D Extension: Readings in discourse analysis

 1 The three perspectives revisited (Zellig Harris; Henry G. Widdowson; James Paul Gee)

 2 Two perspectives on texture (Michael A.K. Halliday and Ruqaiya Hasan; David Rumelhart)

 3 Genres, discourse communities and power (John Swales; Vijay K. Bhatia)

 4 Ideologies in discourse (Norman Fairclough; James Paul Gee)

 5 Two perspectives on conversation (John L. Austin; Emanuel A. Schegloff and Harvey Sacks)

 6 Frames in interaction (Deborah Tannen and Cynthia Wallat)

 7 The ethnography of communication (Dell Hymes; Muriel Saville-Troike)

 8 Discourse and action (Ron Scollon)

 9 Two perspectives on multimodality (Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen; Sigrid Norris)

10 Finding 'Discourses' with corpus-assisted analysis (Paul Baker and Tony McEnery)

Further reading


Author index

Glossarial index

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Rodney H. Jones is Head of the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading, UK.

Support Material

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