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.
Chapter 12: Functional Pragmatics
The most general and probably the most valid short description may be derived from the characterization which functional pragmatics gives itself. Unlike other pragmatic approaches, functional pragmatics is derived neither from Morris's semiotic conception, nor from Carnap's logical idea of a linguistic pragmatics. It comes rather from the ideas which developed in the 1970s in Dieter Wunderlich's research group (see Wunderlich 1972) of an action-centred pragmatics based on the work of Bühler. The notion of pragmatics is based on an integration of semiotic and logical ideas, a critical view of speech act theory and the analysis of deixis, together with Bühler's applications. Functional pragmatics is therefore organized in accordance with the action-centred understanding of the term. This implies that pragmatic aspects ...