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Introducing Discourse Analysis
From Grammar to Society

ISBN 9781138298385
Published October 2, 2017 by Routledge
180 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Introducing Discourse Analysis: From Grammar to Society is a concise and accessible introduction by bestselling author, James Paul Gee, to the fundamental ideas behind different specific approaches to discourse analysis, or the analysis of language in use. The book stresses how grammar sets up choices for speakers and writers to make, choices which express, not unvarnished truth, but perspectives or viewpoints on reality.  In turn, these perspectives are the material from which social interactions, social relations, identity, and politics make and remake society and culture. The book also offers an approach to how discourse analysis can contribute to lessening the ideological divides and echo chambers that so bedevil our world today. Organized in a user-friendly way with short numbered sections and recommended readings, Introducing Discourse Analysis is an essential primer for all students of discourse analysis within linguistics, education, communication studies, and related areas.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Preliminaries on Language

Chapter 2: System and Situation

Chapter 3: Clauses and Sentences

Chapter 4: Choice and Discourse Analysis

Chapter 5: Identities and Discourses

Chapter 6: Connections and Discourse Organization

Chapter 7: Narrative

Chapter 8: Tools

Chapter 9: Perspectives, Frameworks, and Conversations

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James Paul Gee is Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, USA. He is author of a number of books, including How to do Discourse Analysis, Second Edition (Routledge, 2014), An Introduction to Discourse Analysis, Fourth Edition (Routledge, 2014), and Language and Learning in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2011). He is also the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis (2011).


"In James Gee's Discourse Analysis, Gee persuasively argues for a grammar-based approach to analysing discourse. This volume is one of the clearest and most accessible introductions to discourse analysis available and is packed with good examples." David Barton, Lancaster University, UK

"This book is both clearly written and conceptually enlightening. Rather than treating grammar as a dry theoretical system, Professor Gee sheds an engaging light on its power and its relationship to power, through the way it can enable or constrain people’s access to social goods and opportunities." Michael Handford, Cardiff University, UK