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Discourse Analysis
Discourse analysis

Literally the analysis of discourse. More specifically, discourse analysis (DA) is the analysis of what people do with text and talk. Methodologically, the field of discourse analysis is extremely diverse (see Wodak and Meyer, 2001; Weiss and Wodak, 2003), and Woods and Kroger suggest that DA should be approached ‘not just as an object, but as a way of treating language’ (2000: 3). Principally, DA assumes that language exists in a dialogue with society: that ‘language simultaneously reflects reality (‘the way things are’) and constructs (construes) it to be a certain way’ (Gee, 1999: 82). Thus language represents and contributes to the production and reproduction (which discourse analysts usually label ‘the (reproduction’) of social reality. This dialectic (two-way) relationship is observable at ...

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