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Discourse and Construction
Discourse and construction

Although the traditions of work discussed in the last three chapters contain a wealth of material relevant to a systematic study of factual accounts, they each have their limitations and blind spots, as well as specific arenas of development and application – namely, science, everyday talk and literary texts. This chapter can be thought of as a crossroads in the book. It will start to lay out a scheme for understanding the operation of factual accounts, synthesize some of the features of the perspectives that were reviewed in the preceding chapters, and draw on a range of specific research studies which will be described in detail in later chapters. The chapter is intended to serve as both a frame and ...

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