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Discourse Studies is the largest, most complete, most diverse and only multidisciplinary introduction to the field. Now combined into a single volume, this essential handbook:

is fully updated from start to finish to cover contemporary debates and research literature; covers everything from grammar, narrative, argumentation, cognition and pragmatics to social, political and critical approaches; adds two new chapters on ideology and identity; puts the student at the center, offering brand new features such as worked examples, sample analyses and recommended further reading

Written and edited by world-class scholars in their fields, it is the essential, one-stop companion for any student of discourse analysis and discourse studies.

Introduction: The Study of Discourse
Introduction: The study of discourse
Teun A.van Dijk
The Development of the Cross-Discipline of Discourse Studies
  • After its structural studies of folktales, anthropology extended its ethnographic research to include the study of communicative events in general.
  • Similarly, sociology turned towards the detailed analysis of interaction, in general, and to everyday conversation, in particular, and thus aimed to reconstruct the basis of a social order that hitherto had been accounted for in terms of the abstract structure of groups, organizations and institutions.
  • Scholars in linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics recognized that the study of actual language use should not be limited to the grammatical analysis of isolated sentences, and advocated a focus on the structures, strategies and processes of the cognitively and socially situated text and talk ...
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