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3rd Edition

The Discourse Reader

ISBN 9780415629492
Published May 22, 2014 by Routledge
534 Pages

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Book Description

In this bestselling Reader, Jaworski and Coupland have collected in one volume the most important and influential articles on discourse analysis. Designed as a structured sourcebook and divided into clear sections, The Discourse Reader covers the foundations of modern discourse analysis and represents all of its contemporary methods and traditions.

The third edition:

  • Has been revised and updated throughout to ensure a selection of up to date and accessible readings

  • Includes new readings by Jan Blommaert, Norman Fairclough, James Paul Gee, Barbara Johnstone, Ron Scollon and Don Zimmerman, among others.

  • Features papers by leading researchers commissioned especially for the new edition.

The general introduction serves as an essential introduction to the field of discourse analysis, while the section introductions provide a useful overview and further insight into the readings.

The third edition of The Discourse Reader is a key resource for all students of discourse analysis in a wide range of disciplines from linguistics to communication studies, anthropology and psychology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Perspectives on Discourse Analysis

Part 1: Discourse: Meaning, Function and Context

Editors’ Introduction

1 Roman Jakobson

Linguistics and Poetics

2 J. L. Austin

How to Do Things with Words

3 H. P. Grice

Logic and Conversation

4 M. M. Bakhtin

The Problem of Speech Genres

5 Norman Fairclough

Social Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Text Analysis

6 Ron Scollon

Modes and modality: The multimodal shaping of reality in public discourse.


Part 2: Methods and Resources for Analysing Discourse

Editors’ Introduction

7 Deborah Cameron, Elizabeth Fraser, Penelope Harvey, Ben Rampton and Kay Richardson

Ethics, Advocacy and Empowerment

8 James Paul Gee

Tools of Inquiry and Discourses

9 Wolfram Bublitz

Cohesion and Coherence

10 Jenny Thomas

Activity Types versus Speech Events

11 David Machin and Theo van Leeuwen

Genre Analysis in Media Discourse


Part 3: Sequence and Structure

Editors’ Introduction

12 William Labov

The Transformation of Experience in Narrative

13 Derek Edwards

Narrative Analysis

14 Harvey Sacks

On the Analyzability of Stories by Children

15 Emanuel A. Schegloff and Harvey Sacks

Opening up Closings

16 Geoffrey Raymond and Jack Sidnell

Conversation Analysis

17 Deborah Schiffrin

Oh as a Marker of Information Management


Part 4: Negotiating Social Relationships

Editors’ Introduction

18 Bronislaw Malinowski

On Phatic Communion

19 Erving Goffman

On Face-work

20 Penelope Brown and Stephen C. Levinson

Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage

21 Deborah Tannen and Cynthia Wallat

Interactive Frames and Knowledge Schemas in Interaction: Examples from a Medical Examination/Interview


Part 5: Identity and Subjectivity

Editors’ Introduction

22 Deborah Cameron

Performing Gender Identity: Young Men’s Talk and the Construction of Heterosexual Masculinity

23 Don H. Zimmerman

Identity, Context and Interaction

24 Barbara Johnstone

Pittsburghese Shirts: Commodification and Enregisterment of an Urban Dialect

25 Gerlinde Mautner

Signs of the Times: A Discourse Perspective on Public Signage, Urban Space and the Law

Part 6: Power, Ideology and Control

Editors’ Introduction

26 Pierre Bourdieu

Language and Symbolic Power

27 Teun A van Dijk

Discourse and the Denial of Racism

28 Ian Hutchby

Power in Discourse: The Case of Arguments on a British Talk Radio Show

29 Hugh Mehan

Oracular Reasoning in a Psychiatric Exam

30 Paul Baker and Tony McEnery

FIND THE DOCTORS OF DEATH’: The UK Press and the Issue of Foreign Doctors Working in the NHS, a Corpus-Based Approach

31 Crispin Thurlow

Disciplining Youth: Language Ideologies and New Technologies

32 Jan Blommaert

Orders of Indexicality and Polycentricity



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Adam Jaworski is Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is co-editor of Semiotic Landscapes: Language, Image, Space (2010) and co-author of Tourism Discourse: The Language of Global Mobility (2010).

Nikolas Coupland is Research Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Distinguished Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Technology Sydney. He is editor of the Handbook of Language and Globalization (2010) and co-editor of Standard Languages and Language Standards in a Changing Europe (2011) with Tore Kristiansen.


'Jaworski and Coupland’s new edition of The Discourse Reader is an exciting update to what is an essential part of any university offering in Discourse Analysis.The volume combines seminal, landmark works with new, cutting-edge theoretical and empirical pieces. This reader is a must for all of us in the field of Discourse Analysis.'

Professor Diana Boxer, University of Florida, USA

'This work provides a rich reference resource of approaches and methods in discourse studies. The list of contributors is impressive with chapters written by distinguished scholars who have shaped current perspectives and advanced understanding in the field. This book should be seen as the essential reader for students of discourse analysis and as a highly valued reference work for researchers.'

Dr Helen Basturkmen, University of Auckland, New Zealand

'The 3rd Edition of The Discourse Reader continues to be a valuable and comprehensive collection of some of the most crucial writings on discourse theory. Spanning the breadth of modern discourse analysis in an extremely well-written and elegantly structured volume, for both students and practitioners, this book is a must have!'

Dr. Aditi Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong

'The best book on discourse analysis just got better. With this third edition, Jaworski and Coupland bring their classic collection up to date with a wealth of new, cutting-edge chapters, some commissioned especially for this volume, The Discourse Reader remains the most coherent and comprehensive resource for students of discourse analysis on the market today.' 

Rodney Jones, City University of Hong Kong