Analysing Discourse: Textual Analysis for Social Research

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 270 pages
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Analysing Discourse is an accessible introductory textbook for all students and researchers working with real language data.

Drawing on a range of social theorists from Bourdieu to Habermas, as well as his own research, Norman Fairclough's book presents a form of language analysis with a consistently social perspective. His approach is illustrated by and investigated through a range of real texts, from written texts, to a TV debate about the monarchy and a radio broadcast about the Lockerbie bombing. The student-friendly book also offers accessible summaries, an appendix of example texts, and a glossary of terms and key theorists.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Social analysis discourse analysis text analysis
19
Texts social events and social practices
21
Intertextuality and assumptions
39
Genres and action
63
Genres and generic structure
65
Meaning relations between sentences and clauses
87
Clauses types of exchange speech functions and grammatical mood
105
Representations of social events
134
Styles and identities
157
Styles
159
Modality and evaluation
164
Conclusion
191
Glossaries
212
Appendix of texts
229
References
256

Discourses and representations
121
Discourses
123

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About the author (2003)

Norman Fairclough is Professor of Language in Social Life at Lancaster University.

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