Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis provides the most comprehensive overview currently available of linguistic and sociological approaches to text and discourse analysis. Among the 10 linguistic and sociological models surveyed in this book some of the more important are Grounded Theory, Content Analysis, Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis. The book presents each approach according to a standardised format, which allows for direct systematic comparisons. The fully annotated lists of sources provide readers with an additional means of evaluation of the competing analytical methods. Interdisciplinary and international in its aim, Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis suggests the benefits both linguists and sociologists will derive from a more intimate knowledge of each others' methods and procedures. By enabling readers to compare, contrast and apply a range of methods and approaches this book will be an essential resource for both students and researchers.

On Social-Scientific Methods of Text Analysis

On social-scientific methods of text analysis

Before we embark on the critical and comparative presentation of individual methods (see Part 2), it seems both necessary and wise to clarify, from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, certain basic concepts that relate to our theme of methods of text analysis. Even the simple question of what a text is permits no easy answer, but leads us immediately into the highly varied theoretical approaches of text linguistics and discourse analysis where even the concepts of text and discourse are used in a multiplicity of ways and where they are anchored in very different research traditions. A similar situation is found with the term method, and with our understanding of what social scientists actually do when ...

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