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Discourse Analysis, 3rd Edition

Discourse Analysis, 3rd Edition

Barbara Johnstone

ISBN: 978-1-119-25769-1

Jan 2018, Wiley-Blackwell

304 pages

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Revised and updated, this third edition of Barbara Johnstone’s Discourse Analysis encourages students to think about discourse analysis as an open-ended set of techniques. Exploring a variety of approaches, including critical discourse analysis, conversation analysis, interactional and variationist sociolinguistics, ethnography, corpus linguistics, social semiotics, and other qualitative and quantitative methods, the book balances its comprehensive coverage with extensive practical examples, making it the ideal introductory text for students new to the subject.

This new edition reflects the increased importance within the field of new media discourse, multi-modal discourse and the analysis of large corpora of discourse data. Updated material expands the discussion of stancetaking, whilst new material addresses recontextualization, precontextualization, and language and the body. Pedagogical features have been refreshed, including discussion questions, exercises, and ideas for small research projects, with suggested supplementary readings at the end of each chapter to encourage further discovery.

  • Chapters in this book are self-contained, so they can be handled in any order
  • Suggested supplementary readings are featured at the end of every chapter
  • Book is written specifically for a non-specialist, interdisciplinary audience
  • Examples of computer-aided corpus analysis (reflecting the improvements made to theories and tools) supplement every chapter
  • Discussion questions and ideas for small research projects are interspersed throughout

The combination of breadth of coverage, practical examples, and student-friendly pedagogical features ensures Discourse Analysis remains the ideal textbook for students taking their first course in linguistic approaches to discourse.

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List of Figures   

Preface to Second Edition           

Preface to First Edition 

1 Introduction  

What is Discourse Analysis?        

Some Uses of Discourse Analysis             

Facets of Discourse Analysis       

Data for Discourse Analysis         

Transcription: Representing Speech in Writing   

“Descriptive” and “Critical” Goals

Locations of Meaning    

Discourse as Strategy, Discourse as Adaptation 

Language and Languaging           

Particularity, Theory, and Method           

From Text Outward       


2 Discourse and World  

Linguistic Categories, Minds, and Worldviews    

Discourse, Culture, and Ideology             

Language Ideology         



3 Intention and Interpretation  

Speech Acts and Conversational Implicature      

Contextualization Cues and Discourse Marking 

Rhetorical Aims, Strategies, and Styles  

Verbal Art and Performance      


4 Discourse Structure: Parts and Sequences       

Words and Lines              

Paragraphs and Episodes             

Discourse Schemata and the Structure of Narrative        

The Emergent Organization of Conversation      

Old and New Information and the Organization of Sentences    


Structures and Rules     

5 Participants in Discourse: Relationships, Roles, Identities          

Power and Community


Stance and Style              

Social Roles and Participant Structure    

Audience, Politeness, and Accommodation        

Social Identity and Identification              

Personal Identity: Discourse and the Self

The Linguistic Individual in Discourse      


6 Prior Texts, Prior Discourses   

Intertextuality and Interdiscursivity        

Repetition in Conversation         

Register: Repeated Styles for Repeated Situations          

Genre: Recurrent Forms, Recurrent Actions       

Frames, Plots, and Coherence  


7 Discourse and Medium             

Early Work on “Orality and Literacy”       

Literacy and Literacies   

Communication and Technology              

Planning and Discourse Structure            

Fixity, Fluidity, and Coherence  

Medium and Interpersonal Relations     

Analyzing Multimodal Discourse