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Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments

Corpora and Digitally-driven Critical Analysis, 1st Edition

By Kieran O'Halloran


336 pages

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Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments: Corpora and Digitally-driven Critical Analysis presents a new and practical approach in Critical Discourse Studies. Providing a data-driven and ethically-based method for the examination of arguments in the public sphere, this ground-breaking book:

  • Highlights how the reader can evaluate arguments from points of view other than their own;
  • Demonstrates how digital tools can be used to generate ‘ethical subjectivities’ from large numbers of dissenting voices on the world-wide-web;
  • Draws on ideas from posthumanist philosophy as well as from Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari for theorising these subjectivities;
  • Showcases a critical deconstructive approach, using different corpus linguistic programs such as AntConc, WMatrix and Sketchengine.

Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments is essential reading for lecturers and researchers with an interest in critical discourse studies, critical thinking, corpus linguistics and digital humanities.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction

Part A Preparing the Ground

Chapter 2 Critical thinking and pedagogical critical discourse analysis

Chapter 3 Deconstruction and Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of language

Chapter 4 Corpus linguistics and digital text analysis

Part B Using big ready-made corpora to generate discursive subjectivities

Chapter 5 Discursive subjectivity

Chapter 6 Bypassing challenges of reconstruction

Part C Making corpora to generate ethical subjectivities

Chapter 7 Ethical subjectivity generated with lemmas

Chapter 8 Ethical subjectivity generated with keywords

Chapter 9 Ethical subjectivity generated rhizomatically  

Part D Reflection: posthuman subjectivities and critical reading

Chapter10 Methodology

Chapter 11 Deterritorialisations


About the Author

Kieran O'Halloran is Reader in Applied Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General