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.

How to Obtain Material for Analysis – an Overview

How to obtain material for analysis – an overview

Those who wish to carry out empirical research must put four questions to themselves:

  • What research question am I trying to answer?
  • What analysis will provide a useful response to the question?
  • To conduct this analysis what data do I need and from whom?
  • What are the practical steps to obtain and record these data?

This inventory (from Burgoyne 1994: 195) may be used for purposes of orientation and organization in this chapter, which is concerned with suggestions as to how the third question may be answered. When the research question has been formulated and the research strategy established, it remains an open question as to how to obtain the material one wishes ...

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