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The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis

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ISBN 9780367473839
May 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
808 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis covers the major approaches to Discourse Analysis from Critical Discourse Analysis to Multimodal Discourse Analysis and their applications in key educational and institutional settings. The handbook is divided into eight sections: Approaches to Discourse Analysis, Gender, Race and Sexualities, Narrativity and Discourse, Genre and Register, Spoken Discourse, Social Media and Online Discourse, Educational Applications, and Institutional Applications.

The chapters are written by a wide range of contributors from around the world, each a leading researcher in their respective field. With a focus on the application of Discourse Analysis to real-life problems, the contributors introduce the reader to a topic, and analyse authentic data. This fully revised second edition includes new sections on And on Gender, Race and Sexualities, Narrativity and Discourse, Genre and Register, Spoken Discourse, Social Media and Online Discourse and nine new chapters on topics such as digital communication and public policy and political discourse.

This volume is vital reading for all students and researchers of discourse analysis in linguistics, applied linguistics, communication and cultural studies, social psychology and anthropology.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



James Paul Gee and Michael Handford


I Approaches to Discourse Analysis

Critical Discourse Analysis

Norman Fairclough


Evaluation and Discourse Analysis

Theo van Leeuwen and Joshua Han


A Culturalist Approach to Discourse



Discursive Psychology and Discourse Analysis

Bogdana Humă and Jonathan Potter


Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis

Steve Clayman and Virginia Gill


Interactional Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis

Jürgen Jaspers


Discourse-Oriented Ethnography

Graham Smart


Discourse Analysis and Linguistic Anthropology

Justin Richland


Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis

Lynne Flowerdew


Multimodal Discourse Analysis

Gunther Kress, with an addendum by Jezz Bezemer


Systemic Functional Linguistics

Mary Schleppegrell and Teresa Oteiza


Metaphor and Discourse

Zoltan Kovecses


II  Gender, Race and Sexualities

Gender and Discourse Analysis

Jennifer Coates and Pia Pichler


Queer Linguistics and Discourse Analysis

William Leap


Intersectionality and Discourse Analysis

Ebony Thomas, Autumn Griffin, and Stephanie Toliver


Discourse, Gender and Professional Communication

Louise Mullany and Victoria Howard


(anti)Racism and Discourse Analysis

Teun van Dijk


III Narrativity and Discourse

Narrative Analysis     

Joanna Thornborrow


Literary Discourse

Peter Tan


Narrative, Cognition and Rationality

David Olson


IV Genre and Register

Discourse and Register

Douglas Biber


Genre, register and discourse in systemic functional linguistics

David Rose


Genre as Social Action

Charles Bazerman


Critical Genre Analysis of Professional Discourse

Vijay Bhatia


V Spoken Discourse

Prosody in Discourse

Winnie Cheng and Phoenix Lam


Lexis in Spoken Discourse

Michael McCarthy and Paula Buttery


Emergent Grammar

Paul Hopper


VI Social Media and Online Discourse

Social Media and Discourse Analysis

Rodney Jones


(Small) stories online: The intersection of affordances and practices

Alexandra Georgakopoulou


Online Identity and Discourse Analysis

Camilla Vasquez and Dacota Liska


VII   Educational Applications

Discourse and 'the New Literacy Studies'

James Paul Gee


Ethnography and Classroom Discourse

Amy Tsui


Education and Bilingualism

Karen Thompson, Soria Colomer and Kenji Hakuta


English for academic purposes and discourse analysis

Ken Hyland


VIII Institutional Applications

Discourse(s) and Advertising

Elsa Simões


Discourse and News Media

Mats Ekström


Discourse and Healthcare

Gavin Brookes, Kevin Harvey and Svenja Adolphs


Discourses in the language of the law

Edward Finegan


Ethnicity and Humour in the Workplace

Julia deBres and Janet Holmes


Politics as Usual – Investigating Political Discourse in Action

Ruth Wodak


Critical Policy Discourse Analysis

Nicolina Montessori


Intercultural Discourse: Identity Perspectives on Business Interaction

Helen Stefanie Stadler, Hale Işık-Güler and Helen Spencer-Oatey





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    Michael Handford is Professor of Applied Linguistics and English Language in the Centre for Language and Communication Research. The Centre is in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

    James Paul Gee is Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University. He has worked in syntactic theory, discourse analysis, literacy studies, and digital media and learning in his career. He is the author of Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990), The Social Mind (1992), An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1999), What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003); Situated Language and Learning (2004), and What is a Human? (2020) among other books.


    A very readable, extensive and up-to-date resource for researchers and students of discourse analysis.

    Paul Baker, Lancaster University, UK

    This edition contains an excellent overview of discourse analysis, defined in a very wide sense. It really gives a newcomer to the discipline a sense of the breadth and variety of the field. The chapters offer students and researchers interested in the analysis of discourse excellent, well-illustrated introductions to the most important theoretical and methodological approaches, written by some of the key figures in the field.

    Jane Mulderrig, University of Sheffield, UK