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Discourse Studies
A Multidisciplinary Introduction

Second Edition
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March 2011 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Discourse Studies is the largest, most complete, most diverse and only multidisciplinary introduction to the field. Now combined into a single volume, this essential handbook:

  • is fully updated from start to finish to cover contemporary debates and research literature
  • covers everything from grammar, narrative, argumentation, cognition and pragmatics to social, political and critical approaches
  • adds two new chapters on ideology and identity
  • puts the student at the center, offering brand new features such as worked examples, sample analyses and recommended further reading

Written and edited by world-class scholars in their fields, it is the essential, one-stop companion for any student of discourse analysis and discourse studies.


Teun A Van Dijk
Introduction: The Study of Discourse
Susanna Cumming, Tsuyoshi Ono and Ritva Laury
Discourse, Grammar and Interaction
Russell S. Tomlin, Linda Forrest, Ming Ming Pu and Myung Hee Kim
Discourse Semantics
Elinor Ochs
Narrative in Everyday Life
Frans H. van Eemeren, Sally Jackson and Scott Jacobs
Argumentation
Theo van Leeuwen and Gunther Kress
Discourse Semiotics
Arthur C. Graesser and Keith Millis
Discourse and Cognition
Shoshana Blum-Kulka and Michal Hamo
Discourse Pragmatics
Anita Pomerantz and B.J. Fehr
Conversation Analysis: An Approach to the Analysis of Social Interaction
Paul Drew and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Dialogue in Institutional Interactions
Michelle M. Lazar and Cheris Kramarae
Gender and Power in Discourse
Yasmin Jiwani and John E. Richardson
Discourse, Ethnicity and Racism
Anna De Fina
Discourse and Identity
Dennis K. Mumby and Jennifer Mease
Organizational Discourse
Paul Chilton and Christina Schäffner
Discourse and Politics
Elizabeth Keating and Alessandro Duranti
Discourse and Culture
Norman Fairclough, Jane Mulderrig and Ruth Wodak
Critical Discourse Analysis
Teun A. Van Dijk
Discourse and Ideology

An excellent and comprehensive introduction to discourse analysis - a very useful resource.

Dr Magnus Feldmann
Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol
November 23, 2011

An excellent book on Discourse analysis of media texts. Sadly budgetary constraints of our students here in South Africa make it difficult for them to buy their own copies.

Mrs Desiray Viney
Media & Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu -Natal
September 8, 2011

Very useful and clear. A good addition to our library.

Mrs Desiray Viney
Media & Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu -Natal
September 8, 2011

This book is very well written, and I am personally grateful for the window into the many aspects of meaning conveyed through discourse that it illuminates. Coverage of advances in theory is well integrated with excellently chosen examples. The division into 'further reading', 'online reading' (of easily accessible articles') and references is particularly valuable. There are a number of chapters that I have found very useful for courses that I teach, and a couple that I will be recommending as supplemental reading on the MA module 'Culture in Context' - namely chapters 8 and 16. On the module 292ENL, I will use chapters 5 and 8.

Dr Ross Graham
Dept English and Languages, Coventry University
July 18, 2011

This is a remarkably comprehensive collection, and this new edition is particularly welcome.

Professor Julian Petley
Screen Media and Journalism, Brunel University
July 17, 2011

Great to have both original texts in one handy book!

Dr Kelly Benneworth
Please select your department, Please select your institution
July 11, 2011

An excellent, rounded text that will serve students well during their studies. The substantial contribution of the authors is both engaging and accessible.

Dr James Trueman
Mental Health & Learning Disability, Anglia Ruskin University
July 4, 2011

A highly recommended read for anyone studying discourse analysis. Covers nearly all aspects of discourse with some solid examples and sample analyses to help students locate some of the core principles of discourse analysis into their own studies.

Mr Matt Grimes
Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University
June 30, 2011

This is a remarkable resource. It provides students with the ability to interrogate discourses in key areas. The chapters on identity, organisation and politics are particularly useful.

Thoby Miller
Sociology , University
May 16, 2011

I found this book to be an excellent introduction to Discourse for postgraduate students. It covers a wide range of understandings and definitions of discourse which will help students who often become confused with the different traditions of discourse. I found it to be highly accessible whilst not losing rigour. I particularly liked the extended reference lists for further reading.

Dr Karen McArdle
School of Education, University of Aberdeen
April 8, 2011
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Principles shaping grammatical practices: an exploration

Chapter 2: The clause as a locus of grammar and interaction

Chapter 3: Schemata as scaffolding for the representation of information in con

Chapter 3: Rhetorical structure theory: Looking back and moving ahead

Chapter 3: Applications of rhetorical structure theory

Chapter 4: Account episodes in family discourse: the making of morality in ever

Chapter 4: Investigating narrative inequality: African asylum seekers’ stories

Chapter 4: The construction of moral agency in the narratives of high-school dr

Chapter 5: Strategic Manoeuvring in Argumentative Discourse

Chapter 5: Argumentative Discourse Theory and ‘Letters to the Editor

Chapter 5: Reasoning Dialogues

Chapter 6: A system for image-text relations in new (and old) media

Chapter 6: Systemic functional-multimodal discourse analysis (SF-MDA)

Chapter 6: Multimodality, resemiotization: extending the analysis of discourse

Chapter 7: Views from a cognitive scientist

Chapter 7: Source evaluation, comprehension, and learning in Internet science i

Chapter 8: Critical Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis p1

Chapter 8: Critical Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis p2

Chapter 8: Critical Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis p3

Chapter 8: Critical Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis p4

Chapter 8: Talk scandals

Chapter 8: Being politically impolite: Extending politeness theory to adversari

Chapter 9: Multimodal resources for turn-taking: pointing and the emergence of

Chapter 9: Directives: Entitlement and contingency in action

Chapter 9: A note on laughter in “male-female” interaction

Chapter 10: Managing prospect affiliation and rapport in business-to-business s

Chapter 10: Silly questions and their answers in police-suspect interrogations

Chapter 11: Entitled to consume: postfeminist femininity and a culture of post-

Chapter 11: Gender relevance in talk-in-interaction and discourse

Chapter 11: Doing gender

Chapter 12: The language of “race” and prejudice: a discourse of denial, reason

Chapter 12: The veil as a means of legitimization: an analysis of the interconn

Chapter 12: Right-wing parliamentary discourse on immigration in France

Chapter 13: Identity and interaction: a sociocultural linguistic Approach

Chapter 13: The discursive construction of national identities

Chapter 14: Resistance through consent? Occupational identity, organizational f

Chapter 14: Politeness, power and provocation: how humour functions in the work

Chapter 14: Principles of critical discourse analysis

Chapter 15: Critical discourse analysis of political press conferences

Chapter 15: Politeness, politics and democracy

Chapter 15: An ideological/cultural analysis of political slogans in Communist

Chapter 15: Meeting the challenge on the path to democracy: discursive strategi

Chapter 15: Discourse analysis and social analysis

Chapter 15: Discourse semantics and ideology

Chapter 15: The linguistic pragmatics of terrorist acts

Chapter 16: Managing misunderstandings: the role of language in interdisciplina

Chapter 16: Husserl, intersubjectivity and anthropology

Chapter 17: Critical discourse analysis and the marketization of public discour

Chapter 17: Informalization in UK party election broadcasts 1966–97

Chapter 17: Mediation between discourse and society: assessing cognitive approa

Chapter 18: Stacking the cars of ideology: The history of the ”Sun Souvenir Roy

Chapter 18: “I am not a racist…”: mapping White college students’ racial ideolo

Chapter 18: Understanding the new management ideology: a transdisciplinary cont

Chapter 18: Ideology in the US welfare debate: neo-liberal representations of p

Chapter 18: Discourse Semantics and Ideology


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