First published in 1988, this book focuses on diversity and discourse, and collects contemporaneous research across a wide range of topics including: description, polemic, narrative analysis, DJ talk, philosophical history, conversation, children’s books and nuclear deterrence. The essays demonstrate analyses of discourse in the service of stylistic inquiry, exploring relationships of text and context. This reflects the overall argument that discourse analyses aiming to represent diversity of social context will necessarily approach the task selectively, since all dimensions are of potential relevance to any and every communicative manifestation. Some of contextual dimensions that are addressed include: interpersonal, socio-structural, modal, ideological, and pragmatic.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction: towards a Stylistics of Discourse Nikolas Coupland 2. Projection and Deixis in Narrative Discourse David Young 3. The Stylistic Potential of Intonation Paul Tench 4. D-J Talk Martin Montgomery 5. Talking in Silence: Ministry in Quaker Meetings Alan Davies 6. The Interaction of Discourse and Lexis: a Stylistic Analysis of ‘Vertue’ by George Herbert Michael Hoey 7. Degrees of Control: Stylistics and the Discourse of Children’s Literature Peter Hunt 8. Telling the Case: Occupational Narrative in a Social Work Office Andrew Pithouse and Paul Atkinson 9. My Life in Your Hands: Processes of Self-disclosure and Intergenerational Talk Justine Coupland, Nikolas Coupland, Howard Giles and John Wiemann 10. Discourse on Language and Ethnicity Glyn Williams 11. The Rhetoric of Deterrence Christopher Norris and Ian Whitehouse