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The Practice of Critical Discourse Analysis: an Introduction

ISBN 9780340912379
Published January 26, 2007 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides an introduction to the aims, theories and practices of critical discourse analysis (CDA).
It is mainly concerned with the linguistic aspects of CDA. It provides an introduction to the different types of language analysis that are employed in CDA (frequency analysis, coversation, transitivity and reference, and figurative language, for example) and seeks to provide readers with the skills to apply them in different contexts to various types of texts: political speeches, marketing pieces, literary works, advertising, multimedia persuasive texts, discourses on race, gender, and politics.

Table of Contents

1. Background and theory
2. Discourse and social context
3. Positioning and point of view
4. Intertextual analysis
5. Figurative language, metaphor and message
6. The construction of identity
7. Politeness, power and solidarity
8. The discourse of prejudice
9. The discourse of consumerism
10. Discourse and the law

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Meriel Bloor is a Fellow of the Centre for English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Birmingham.
Thomas Bloor is a Fellow of the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University.


"It is a gift for busy teachers - the inherently interesting topics
(gender, race, consumerism, miscarriage of justice, etc.) will
stimulate lively classroom discussion whatever the student mix, and at
the end of each chapter there are plenty of suggested activities for
use in class or as homework assignments.

This book may change your life!"

Professor Hilary Nesi, Coventry University