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.

Comparison of Methods of Text Analysis

Comparison of methods of text analysis

In Part 2 (Chapters 5-14) we presented 12 methods of text analysis:

  • Content Analysis
  • Grounded Theory
  • Ethnographic Text Analysis, and Ethnography of Speaking
  • Ethnomethodological MCD Analysis
  • Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis
  • Narrative Semiotics
  • SYMLOG as a method of Text Analysis
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) according to Norman Fairclough
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA): the discourse-historical method of Ruth Wodak
  • Functional Pragmatics
  • Differential Text Analysis
  • Objective Hermeneutics

The linguistic methods (particularly 5, 8, 9, 10) were selected because they are very different in their respective theoretical backgrounds and their understanding of context. In addition it was thought desirable to present other methods, not solely those from the Anglo-American world. The other eight methods provide a cross-section in respect of their prominence, theoretical background and development.

Two of the methods presented occupy a ...

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