Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis

Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis

Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis

Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis

Synopsis

Texts and Practices provides an essential introduction to the theory and practice of Critical Discourse Analysis. Using insights from this challenging new method of linguistic analysis, the contributors to this text reveal the ways in which language can be used as a means of social control.The essays in Texts and Practices :* demonstrate how critical discourse analysis can be applied to a variety of written and spoken texts* deconstruct data from a range of contexts, countries and spheres* expose hidden patterns of discrimination and inequalities of power Text and Practices , which includes specially commissioned papers from a range of distinguished authors, provides a state-of-the-art introduction to critical discourse analysis. As such it represents an important contribution to this developing field and an essential text for all advanced students of language, media and cultural studies.Contributors include: Dr Norman Fairclough, University of Lancaster; Prof. Roger Fowler, University of East Anglia; Prof. Michael Hoey, University of Liverpool; Prof. Gunther Kress, University of London; Mary Talbot, Odense University, Denmark.

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One of the paradoxes of modern linguistics is that its most distinguished practitioner, Noam Chomsky, although world-famous as a political activist and campaigner, professes no professional interest in language in use—neither in analysing the speeches, committee meetings, letters, memos and books which he claims are subverting the democratic process, nor in reflecting on his own highly effective rhetoric.

Discourse is a major instrument of power and control and Critical Discourse Analysts, unlike Chomsky, feel that it is indeed part of their professional role to investigate, reveal and clarify how power and discriminatory value are inscribed in and mediated through the linguistic system: Critical Discourse Analysis is essentially political in intent with its practitioners acting upon the world in order to transform it and thereby help create a world where people are not discriminated against because of sex, colour, creed, age or social class.

The initial stimulus for this book was the need we felt as teachers to make more easily accessible to students in a single text the most recent theoretical statements of the major thinkers along with illustrative analyses of a variety of texts and situations selected from a variety of countries. However, in choosing the authors and topics we were always conscious of the other audience of fellow professionals. We hope that they agree both that there is a great deal that is new here in the theoretical chapters and that the analytical chapters offer new methods of analysis applied in novel areas.

As a help to both readerships we have collected together the references from all the chapters at the end of the book and then supplemented them with any major items which were missing; we hope that the Bibliography can now be used as a first resource for those intending to undertake research in the area.

The book itself is divided into two parts, Theory and Practice. In the first, theoretical section we have collected together contributions from the leading names in the field, and in the practical section we have set out to cover a variety not only of topic areas but also of countries, because we

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