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Styles of Discourse

1st Edition

Edited by Nikolas Coupland


330 pages

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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

About the Series

RLE: Discourse Analysis

Discourse analysis is a wide ranging area of study that examines the features of language beyond the limits of a sentence — including vocal, written and sign language, along with any significant semiotic events. It has been employed from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives in an attempt to reveal a person’s socio-psychological characteristics through the practical analysis of naturally-occurring language rather than artificially created examples.

Routledge Library Editions: Discourse Analysis brings together an extensive collection of scholarship that reflects the broad scope of the subject area, examining the relationship of discourse to a number of closely related fields including stylistics, pragmatics, speech, conversation, context, anaphora, grammar and psychology. This set, published between 1979 and 1993, provides a thorough grounding in this key discipline for students of linguistics and psychology, and social sciences in general.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics