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1st Edition

Researching Discourse
A Student Guide

Edited By

Christopher Hart

ISBN 9781138551084
Published April 7, 2020 by Routledge
240 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a ‘how-to’ guide to conducting research in discourse analysis. Organised around different approaches to discourse analysis and working with different types of discourse data, the book will help students answer questions such as: Which approach should I take? What kind of data should I analyse and how do I set about collecting it? What consideration should I give to ethics? How do I make my analyses systematic and rigorous? How do I report my findings?

Both qualitative and quantitative (corpus-based and experimental) methods are covered. Illustrated with far-ranging, detailed, and original case-studies, each chapter follows a consistent format that takes readers step by step through the research process, from design to implementation and presentation. Chapters can be read independently of one another.

This is the ideal companion for any student undertaking research in discourse analysis within English language, linguistics, applied linguistics, and communication studies programmes.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Editor’s Introduction

Christopher Hart

1. Introduction to Discourse: Definitions, Debates and Decisions

Alison Sealey

2. Conversation Analysis

Greg Myers

3. Discourse Analysis and Ethnography

Karin Tusting

4. Discourse Analysis and Systemic Functional Linguistics

Veronika Koller

5. Analysing Metaphor in Discourse

Veronika Koller

6. Cognitive Linguistic Critical Discourse Analysis

Christopher Hart

7. Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis

Paul Baker

8. Multimodal Discourse Analysis

Christopher Hart

9. Digitally Mediated Discourse Analysis

Johnny Unger

10. Experimental Methods in Discourse Analysis

Christopher Hart


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Christopher Hart is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK. His research is focussed on the link between language, cognition, and social action in political contexts of communication. He is author of Critical Discourse Analysis and Cognitive Science: New Perspectives on Immigration Discourse (2010) and Discourse, Grammar and Ideology: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives (2014). He has edited several books including Contemporary Critical Discourse Analysis (2014) and Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From Poetics to Politics (2019).


This is an excellent guide to doing discourse analysis. The chapters provide detailed accounts of different ways of approaching discourse analysis together with examples which illustrate each of the approaches. An extremely accessible and useful book. I highly recommend it.

Brian Paltridge, University of Sydney, Australia

Chris Hart's new edited book is as relevant for the multidisciplinary field of Discourse Studies as his previous books. The prominent authors introduce some of the cutting edge domains and topics of contemporary scholarship. This is an excellent introduction for students and teachers should recommend it for courses on discourse studies.

Teun A. van Dijk, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain