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.
This book is the result of interdisciplinary collaboration between linguists and sociologists or social scientists from other fields. It developed during the course of a research project on the theme of ‘Language and Diplomacy’ which was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The factual results of this research undertaking are being published separately in individual studies. In retrospect it seems fairly typical of sociologically oriented text analysis that, in a project dedicated to the problem of expressing and conceptualizing on the linguistic level the approach of a professional group, a considerable part of the work was purely methodological in character. The territory is confusing, there is little agreement about its boundaries, and not all of the signposts are reliable. Survey maps of the ...