Introduction to Discourse Studies

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 363 pages
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Introduction to Discourse Studies follows on Jan Renkema s successful "Discourse Studies: An Introductory Textbook" (1993), published in four languages. This new book deals with even more key concepts in discourse studies and approaches major issues in this field from the Anglo-American and European as well as the Australian traditions. It provides a scientific toolkit for future courses on discourse studies and serves as a stepping stone to the independent study of professional literature.Introduction to Discourse Studies is the result of more than twenty-five years of experience gained in doing research and teaching students, professionals and academics at various universities. The book is organized in fifteen comprehensive chapters, each subdivided in modular sections that can be studied separately. It includes 400 references, from the most-cited contemporary publications to influential classic works; 500 index entries covering frequently used concepts in the field; more than 100 thought-provoking questions, all elaborately answered, which are ideal for teacher-supported self-education; nearly 100 assignments that provide ample material for teachers to focus on specific topics of their own preference in their lectures.Jan Renkema is a member of the Department of Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He is also editor of "Discourse, of Course" (2009) and author of "The Texture of Discourse" (2009). In 2009, a Chinese edition of "Introduction to Discourse Studies" was published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
12 Aim and structure of this book
2
13 The presentation of the material
5
Questions and assignments
6
Bibliographical information
7
General orientation
9
Communication as action
11
22 Speech act theory
12
Questions and assignments
157
Bibliographical information
158
Special modes of communication
159
Conversation analysis
161
92 The turntaking model
163
93 Sequential organization
166
94 Discourse markers
168
Questions and assignments
172

23 Illocutions in discourse
16
24 The cooperative principle
18
25 Relevance theory
20
26 Politeness theory
24
Questions and assignments
29
Bibliographical information
32
Discourse in communication
35
32 Rules for symbolic interaction
37
33 Messages between sender and receiver
39
34 The discourse situation
43
35 The sociosemiotic approach
45
36 What makes discourse discourse?
48
Questions and assignments
52
Bibliographical information
55
Backpacking for a scientific journey
57
Discourse types
59
42 Written language and verbal interaction
65
43 Everyday and literary language
67
44 Electronic discourse
69
45 Conventionalized forms for conventionalized occasions
73
46 Multimodality
76
Questions and assignments
82
Bibliographical information
85
Structured content
87
52 Topics
90
53 Macrostructures
94
54 Superstructures
97
Questions and assignments
100
Bibliographical information
102
Discourse connections
103
62 Referential elements
106
63 Coherence
108
64 Rhetorical Structure Theory
111
65 Discourse relation research
113
Questions and assignments
116
Bibliographical information
120
Contextual phenomena
121
72 Staging
123
73 Perspectivization
126
74 Givennew management
130
75 Presuppositions
132
76 Inferences
136
Questions and assignments
139
Bibliographical information
143
Style
145
82 Views on style
147
83 Stylistic analysis
150
84 Examples of stylistic research
153
Bibliographical information
174
Informative discourse
175
102 The measurement of understanding
178
103 Judging discourse quality
180
104 The improvement of documents
184
Questions and assignments
188
Bibliographical information
190
Narratives
191
112 The sociolinguistic approach
193
113 The psycholinguistic approach
195
114 The organizational approach
198
Questions and assignments
201
Bibliographical information
202
Argumentation and persuasion
203
122 The pragmadialectical approach
205
123 The socialpsychological approach
207
124 The quality of argumentation
212
Questions and assignments
216
Bibliographical information
218
Special interests
219
Discourse and cognition
221
132 Product and process analysis
226
133 Processing and prior knowledge
229
134 Aspects of processing
233
135 Modeling discourse processing
238
136 The metaphor in cognitive research
242
Questions and assignments
247
Bibliographical information
251
Discourse and institution
253
142 Politics
255
143 Law
258
144 Bureaucracy
263
145 Media
266
146 Health care
271
Questions and assignments
275
Bibliographical information
277
Discourse and culture
279
152 Critical Discourse Analysis
282
153 Gender
285
154 Racism
288
155 Intercultural communication
291
Questions and assignments
295
Bibliographical information
297
Key to the questions
299
References
339
Index
357
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