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2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Processes
Second Edition

ISBN 9781138920095
Published November 21, 2017 by Routledge
420 Pages

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The second edition of The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Processes provides a state-of-the-art overview of the field of discourse processes, highlighting the subject’s interdisciplinary foundations and bringing together established and emergent scholars to provide a dynamic roadmap of the evolution of the field.

This new edition reflects several of the enormous changes in the world since the publication of the first edition—changes in modes of communication and an increased urgency to understand how people comprehend and trust information. The contents of this volume attempt to address fundamental questions about what we should now be thinking about reading, listening, talking, and writing. The chapters collected here represent a wide range of empirical methods currently available: lab or field experiments, with a range of measures, from quantitative to qualitative; observational studies, including classrooms or organizational communication; corpus analyses; conversation analysis; computational modeling; and linguistic analyses. The chapters also draw attention to the explosion of contextually rich and computationally intensive data analysis tools which have changed the research landscape, along with more contemporary measures of people’s discourse use, from eye-tracking to video analysis tools to brain scans. The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Processes, Second edition is the ideal resource for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in a variety of disciplines, including discourse analysis, conversation analysis, cognitive psychology, and cognitive science.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Discourse processes evolving
  2. Michael F. Schober, David N. Rapp & M. Anne Britt


    Part I. Overviews

  3. Reading comprehension theories: A view from the top down
  4. Panayiota Kendeou & Edward J. O’Brien

  5. Theories and approaches to the study of conversation and interactive discourse
  6. William S. Horton

  7. Studying discourse processes in institutional contexts

Adrian Bangerter & Joep Cornellisen

Part II. Research Methods for Studying Discourse Processes: State of the Art and Challenges

  1. Research Methods: Conversation analysis
  2. Saul Albert

  3. Research Methods: The study of language processing in human conversation Sarah Brown-Schmidt
  4. Research Methods: Big data approaches to study discourse processes
  5. Michael Jones & Melody Dye

  6. Research Methods: Online measures of text processing
  7. Johanna K. Kaakinen

  8. Research Methods: Neuroscientific methods to study discourse processes
  9. Christopher A. Kurby


    Part III. Topical Reviews

  10. The role of sourcing in discourse comprehension
  11. Ivar Bråten, Marc Stadtler, & Ladislao Salmerón

  12. Discourse updating: Acquiring and revising knowledge through discourse
  13. Tobias Richter & Murray Singer

  14. Discourse processing in technology-mediated environments
  15. Darren Gergle

  16. Discourse and expertise: The challenge of mutual understanding between experts and laypeople
  17. Rainer Bromme & Regina Jucks

  18. Discourse processing and development through the adult lifespan
  19. Elizabeth A. Stine-Morrow & Gabriel A. Radvansky

  20. The cognitive neuroscience of discourse: Covered ground and new directions
  21. Jeffrey Zacks, Raymond A. Mar, & Navona Calarco

  22. Beliefs and Discourse Processing
  23. Michael B. Wolfe & Thomas D. Griffin

  24. Classroom Discourse: What do we need to know for research and for practice?
  25. Catherine O’Connor & Catherine Snow

  26. The Modern Reader: Should changes to how we read affect research and theory?
  27. Joseph P. Magliano, Matthew T. McCrudden, Jean-Francois Rouet, & John Sabatini

  28. Toward an integrated perspective of writing as a discourse process

Danielle S. McNamara and Laura K. Allen


Afterword: World-Wide Changes in Discourse and the Changing Field of Discourse Processes

Arthur C. Graesser, Morton Ann Gernsbacher & Susan R. Goldman

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Michael F. Schober is Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Research at The New School, USA. He served as Editor of Discourse Processes from 2005–15.

David N. Rapp is Professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Education and Social Policy, and a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, USA. He is Editor of Discourse Processes.

M. Anne Britt is Distinguished Teaching and Research Professor of Psychology at Northern Illinois University, USA. She recently was Co-PI on the IES-funded Project READI, which focused on evidence-based argumentation for disciplinary learning.


"This book provides an impressive overview of important topics in discourse processing and comprehension, such as cognitive models of reading and conversation; of reading development and writing; and of research methods, from commonly used methods to relatively new methods such as neuroimaging and big data. Importantly, several chapters are co-authored by prominent authors who haven’t previously worked together, which adds significant depth to the handbook."
Paul van den Broek, Leiden University, The Netherlands