An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 3, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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James Paul Gee presents here his unique integrated approach to discourse analysis: the analysis of spoken and written language as it is used to enact social and cultural perspectives and identities.
Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Gee presents both a theory of language-in-use, as well as a method of research. This method is made up of a set of 'tools of enquiry' and strategies for using them.
Perspectives from a variety of approaches and disciplines, including applied linguistics, education, pyschology, anthropology, and communication, are incorporated to help students and scholars from a range of backgrounds formulate their own views on discourse and engage in their own discourse analysis.

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User Review  - Sue Lyle - Goodreads

I love Gee's work on discourse analysis. For qualitative researchers looking at interview data, conversations, classroom interactions this book provides guidance and insight into the process of reading the lines, between the lines and beyond the lines. A great book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jared - Goodreads

It was difficult. Or could it have been written any simpler? Read full review

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Louis Gary Lamit received a BS degree from Western Michigan University in 1970, and studied for a master's degree at Wayne State University and Michigan State University. He also did graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, and holds an NC programming certificate from Boeing Aircraft. Mr. Lamit has worked as a drafter, designer, numerical control (NC) programmer, technical illustrator, and engineer in the automotive, aircraft, and piping industries. He started as a drafter in 1966, working in Detroit for the automobile industry, doing tooling, dies, jigs and fixture layout, and detailing at Koltanbar Engineering, Tool Engineering, Time Engineering, and Premier Engineering for Chrysler, Ford, AMC, and Fisher Body. He has also worked at Remington Arms and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a designer, and at Boeing Aircraft and Kollmorgan Optics as an NC programmer and aircraft engineer. He has taught at all scholastic levels from secondary school to university. He is currently a full-time instructor and department head in CAD at De Anza College, in Cupertino, California. In addition, Mr. Lamit owns and operates his own consulting firm, Lamit and Associates -, and does trainings and industry consulting. He has authored over two dozen other published works, including several well-respected books on industrial model building, piping drafting and design, descriptive geometry, electronics drafting, technical drawing, engineering graphics and design, CAD software, and other technical topics. More information on the author, his publications, and his courses, are available at the Web site of CAD-Resources (

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