Text, Context, Pretext: Critical Isssues in Discourse Analysis
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Text and discourse.
2. Text and grammar.
4. Context and Co-text.
6. Critical discourse analysis.
7. Text and corpus analysis.
8. Analysis and interpretation.
9. Approach and method.
Index of names.
Index of subjects.
- Examines the relations between grammar, text, and discourse - analyzing the formal properties of text and the significance that is assigned to them in discourse interpretation
- Written by a leading researcher in the field
- Continues the enquiry into discourse analysis that Zellig Harris initiated 50 years ago, which raised a number of problematic issues that have remained unresolved ever since
- Introduces the notion of pretext as an additional factor in the general interpretative process
- Focuses attention specifically on the work of critical discourse analysis (CDA) in light of the issues discussed
“It is unusual in discourse analysis to find a book as thought-provoking or as wide-ranging as this. Any student of pragmatics, discourse analysis (critical or otherwise), text linguistics or corpus linguistics will need to consider carefully what Henry Widdowson has to say; his positions are too well argued to be simply ignored.”
Michael Hoey, University of Liverpool
"Text, Context, Pretext covers much ground in discourse analysis ranging from its early precursors (e.g. B Malinowski, Z. Harris) to its contemporary practitioners. The notion of pretext provides a new approach to the discussion of critical issues in (critical) discourse analysis."
Journal of Sociolinguistics
"The Volume, greatly ro its credit, raises the awareness of various critical issues which need to be considered when embarking on research in Critical Discourse Analysis."
Discourse & Society