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Texts and Practices Revisited
Essential Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis

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ISBN 9781032225111
March 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 9 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations

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This is a second edition of the ground-breaking volume Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis, which was the first published collection of chapters presenting critical discourse analysis theory and practice. Critical discursive approaches have now become the main trend in most discursive and semiotic investigations. It was then, and is especially now, predominantly concerned with identifying, demystifying and resisting the ways language and semiotic systems are used to reflect, create and sustain inequalities in specific contexts.

This new collection presents contributions by all six of the living authors who were central to the first edition: Norman Fairclough, Theo van Leeuwen, Teun van Dijk, Ruth Wodak, Caldas-Coulthard and Coulthard - plus an edited version of a jointly authored classic chapter originally authored by Roger Fowler and Gunther Kress. There are four new chapters written by the other leading members of the foundational 1990s European Critical Discourse Analysis group: Phil Graham, Jay Lemke, David Machin and Louisa Rojo and two by young critical discourse researchers who have risen to prominence more recently: Rodrigo Borba and German Canale.

Texts and Practices Revisited: Essential Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis provides a representative collection of work which, while authored by the pioneering researchers of the first wave of CDA, illustrates their most recent concerns and their latest analytical techniques. It is an essential text for all advanced students of English language, linguistics, media and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


1 Introduction

Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard and Malcolm Coulthard


Chapter 2

Critical Linguistics

Roger Fowler and Gunther Kress


Chapter 3

Technologisation of Discourse Revised

Norman Fairclough


Chapter 4

Transmedia Identities: Critical Analysis and New Media

Jay Lemke


Chapter 5

Performance and politics

Theo van Leeuwen


Chapter 6

Euphemizing Exclusion and the racialization of space
Ruth Wodak


Chapter 7

The Official Version

Malcolm Coulthard




Chapter 8

Social Movement Discourse

Teun van Dijk

Chapter 9

The anti-establishment discourses of the radical right in Spain and their political


Luisa Martín Rojo

Chapter 10

Negative Discourse Analysis, Narrative, and Post-Literate Culture

Phil Graham


Chapter 11

Analyzing discourses in diagrams, flow charts and data presentation

David Machin


Chapter 12

CDA as Local Praxis: (Anti-)Gender Discourse, Educational Media & the Depoliticization of Education in Uruguay

Germán Canale


Chapter 13

Disgusting politics: circuits of affect and the making of President Bolsonaro

Rodrigo Borba


Chapter 14

Ageism, sexism and semiotic representation

Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard


Chapter 15

Multimodal Biography of a Revolutionary Feminist

Mary Talbot

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Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She is also Senior Research Fellow in the English Department at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her most recent publication is the edited volume Innovations and Challenges: Women, Language and Sexism, Routledge, 2020. She was co-editor of Journal Gender and Language (2012-2019).

Malcolm Coulthard is Emeritus Professor of Forensic Linguistics at the University of Aston. He was Foundation President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, founding Director of the Aston Centre for Forensic Linguistics and founding co-editor of the discipline’s two main journals, The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law and Language and Law – Linguagem e Direito. Recent publications include: A Handbook of Forensic Linguistics, 2021 and, (with Alison Johnson and David Wright), An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence, 2017.


Over a quarter of a century has passed since the first path-breaking volume entitled Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis. That volume charted the emergence of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as a radical new field in the study of language in social life, with the editors and the contributors being key players in the definition of the field, and developing new lines of theory-building and of research practice. The publication of this new volume, Texts and Practices Revisited, represents another significant landmark in the CDA field. It showcases the strengths of the early work, alongside new lines of critical inquiry that have been developed and consolidated by different generations of CDA scholars, in different regions of the world. Both volumes will be read together by future scholars. Together, they provide a unique overview of the powerful conceptual compasses that have been designed and recalibrated within the field. They also provide invaluable insights into the ways in which these analytic approaches have been applied in research that is committed to the unveiling of the role of discourse and ideologies in the construction, and reproduction, of asymmetries of power and social inequalities.

Marilyn Martin-Jones, University of Birmingham, UK