Discourse Analysis: An Introduction (Continuum Discourse)

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<p><span>D<i>iscourse Analysis: An Introduction </i>is a comprehensive, accessible introduction to discourse analysis. In a series of nine chapters the book examines different approaches to discourse, looking at discourse and society, discourse and pragmatics, discourse and genre, discourse and conversation, discourse grammar, corpus-based approaches to discourse and critical discourse analysis. The final chapter presents a practical approach to doing discourse analysis. The book includes the following features: </span></p><br/><p><span>-<span>          </span><span>Chapter summaries outlining the key areas covered. </span></p><br/><p><span>-<span>          </span><span>Examples drawn from films, television, newspapers, the classroom and everyday life</span></p><br/><p><span>-<span>          </span><span>Explanations of technical terms in each chapter</span></p><br/><p><span>-<span>          </span><span>Tasks at the end of each chapter </span></p><br/><p><span>-<span>          </span><span>Suggestions for further reading </span></p><br/><p><span></span></p><span>This engagingly written, comprehensive introduction to discourse analysis is essential for students encountering discourse analysis for the first time, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level. It should be on every reading list.</span></span></span></span></span></span> <br/><div></div>>

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Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Brian Paltridge's Discourse Analysis: An Introduction is an extremely welcome addition to the growing number of books devoted to this increasingly important area. Exceptionally, the volume strikes an excellent balance between both spoken and written discourses, as well as between theoretical and applied studies. The coverage of previous work is comprehensive, but many of the copious illustrations are drawn from lively contemporary texts that will appeal to readers. Further, each of the seven central chapters is rounded off with the discussion questions, suggestions for data analysis projects, and directions for further reading. Finally, the writing is lively and accessible. There is every prospect then that Paltridge will become a standard text for undergraduates and graduates studying discourse analysis for the first time.

(John M. Swales, Professor of Linguistics, The University of Michigan, USA)

This book provides a very accessible introduction to discourse analysis, illustrated with compelling examples and drawing insightfully on a wide range of the latest research. Core concepts are clearly defined and exemplified. I predict that this will prove an invaluable textbook for courses in Discourse Analysis both at senior undergraduate level and for graduate courses. The stimulating discussion questions and the suggestions for projects and further reading make it particularly attractive to teachers. (Janet Holmes, Professor of Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington)

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The book finds a good balance between theoretical and applied issues in discourse analysis. Each chapter thoroughly explores methodological and theoretical premises of discourse analytic approaches, tracing their evolution and developments, and giving priority to the current trends...The book's strength lies particularly in its ability to establish connections between discursive concepts and first and second language teaching environments...it is recommendable both for students and teachers encountering discourse analysis for the first time. The book is written in a readable style and does not require previous knowledge of discourse analysis, as every term and concept is explained and ample illustrative examples are provided.
(Journal Of Sociolinguistics)

... a comprehensive and engaging initiation to the discipline in a compact textbook format. This volume is aptly constructed to cultivate in students not only general competence in the discipline of discourse analysis, but also the confidence to carry out their own analysis projects. This textbook serves as a welcome tool for current educators to train the next generation of discourse analysts.

A further strength to this volume is its survey of discourse analysis literature.
(Southwest Journal of Linguistics (2010, Vol 29, 1))

Brian Paltridge’s Discourse Analysis: An Introduction is an extremely welcome addition to the growing number of books devoted to this increasingly important area. Exceptionally, the volume strikes an excellent balance between both spoken and written discourses, as well as between theoretical and applied studies. The coverage of previous work is comprehensive, but many of the copious illustrations are drawn from lively contemporary texts that will appeal to readers. Further, each of the seven central chapters is rounded off with the discussion questions, suggestions for data analysis projects, and directions for further reading. Finally, the writing is lively and accessible. There is every prospect then that Paltridge will become a standard text for undergraduates and graduates studying discourse analysis for the first time.

(Sanford Lakoff)

reviewed in The Linguist List (Sanford Lakoff Linguist List)

The book finds a good balance between theoretical and applied issues in discourse analysis. Each chapter thoroughly explores methodological and theoretical premises of discourse analytic approaches, tracing their evolution and developments, and giving priority to the current trends...The book’s strength lies particularly in its ability to establish connections between discursive concepts and first and second language teaching environments...it is recommendable both for students and teachers encountering discourse analysis for the first time. The book is written in a readable style and does not require previous knowledge of discourse analysis, as every term and concept is explained and ample illustrative examples are provided.
(Journal Of Sociolinguistics)

... a comprehensive and engaging initiation to the discipline in a compact textbook format.  This volume is aptly constructed to cultivate in students not only general competence in the discipline of discourse analysis, but also the confidence to carry out their own analysis projects.  This textbook serves as a welcome tool for current educators to train the next generation of discourse analysts.

A further strength to this volume is its survey of discourse analysis literature.
(Sanford Lakoff)

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