By outlining and integrating three different perspectives - discourse, rhetoric and social theory - this book provides a comprehensive and well-illustrated framework for the analysis of everyday texts. The first part of the book describes the tools and resources which can be drawn from discourse analysis, rhetorical theory, and social theory. These perspectives are then brought together in an extensive analysis of everyday texts. The last chapter examines the principles and consequences of conducting theoretically informed critical textual analysis.

Text Instances and Critical Practices

Text instances and critical practices

In the last three chapters, I outlined and exemplified three vocabularies for investigating text as a simultaneously discoursal, rhetorical, and social practice. Each of these vocabularies has its own way of identifying and interpreting patterns of textual practice in terms of its systemic, functional, and social features.

Discourse analysis understands texts as instances of meaning-making systems: When we make and understand linguistic meanings in situations of language use, we draw on the resources of the language system, the resources of the particular register or registers that are relevant to the situation, as well as our experiences and expectations of similar situation types in terms of what sort of language resources are appropriate for the field, tenor, and ...

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