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Discourse and Culture
Discourse and culture
ElizabethKeating and AlessandroDuranti

In this chapter, we start from the assumption that human discourse is a resource for language users to work out who they are, what they are up against, and what is worth pursuing in life. Discourse, in other words, is what makes human cultures possible and unique. The fact that we use ‘discourse’ and ‘culture’ does not mean that we are not aware that each term is ambiguous and potentially contentious, as shown by their respective histories. The study of ‘discourse’ became popular in the 1970s as a reaction to the narrowing in scope of ‘language’ done by formal linguists and as a way of examining meaning in linguistic units that were larger and more complex than individual ...

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