2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis

Edited By Michael Handford, James Paul Gee Copyright 2023
    672 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 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.

    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






    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, Cardiff University, UK.

    James Paul Gee is Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, USA. He has worked in syntactic theory, discourse analysis, literacy studies and digital media and learning. 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