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Text, Context, Pretext: Critical Issues in Discourse Analysis (Language in Society)

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This fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text and discourse is designed to provoke genuinely critical discussion on key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and explored.

The enquiry into discourse analysis that Zellig Harris initiated 50 years ago raised a number of problematic issues that have remained unresolved ever since. What these are all centrally concerned with is the relationship between the analysis of the formal properties of text and the significance that is assigned to them in discourse interpretation. Widdowson explores this relationship and introduces the notion of pretext as an additional factor in the general interpretative process. He also focuses attention specifically on the work of critical discourse analysis (CDA) in the light of the issues discussed.

The result is a stimulating volume that makes explicit the distinctions between the key concepts of text and discourse, and between context, co-text and pretext. It shows how these are related and can provide a theoretical frame of reference for the critical evaluation of current issues in discourse analysis.

Synopsis:

Written by a leading researcher in the field, this fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text, and discourse is designed to provoke critical discussion on key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and examined.

Synopsis:

Written by a leading researcher in the field, this fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text, and discourse is designed to provoke critical discussion on key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and examined.

  • 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
  • About the Author

    H. G. Widdowson is Honorary Professor at the University of Vienna and Professor Emeritus at the University of London. He is renowned in the fields of applied linguistics and language teaching, and is the author of numerous books and articles, including Defining Issues in English Language Teaching (2002), Linguistics (1996), and Practical Stylistics: An Approach to Poetry (1992).

    Table of Contents

    Preface.

    1. Text and discourse.

    2. Text and grammar.

    3. Context.

    4. Context and Co-text.

    5. Pretext.

    6. Critical discourse analysis.

    7. Text and corpus analysis.

    8. Analysis and interpretation.

    9. Approach and method.

    10. Conclusion.

    References.

    Index of names.

    Index of subjects.

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780631234524
    Subtitle:
    Critical Isssues in Discourse Analysis
    Manufactured:
    Blackwell Publishers
    Author:
    Widdowson, H. G.
    Publisher:
    Wiley-Blackwell
    Subject:
    Linguistics
    Subject:
    Discourse analysis
    Subject:
    Linguistics - General
    Subject:
    Discourse & Conversation Analysis
    Copyright:
    Series:
    Language in Society
    Series Volume:
    8
    Publication Date:
    September 2004
    Binding:
    Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
    Grade Level:
    Professional and scholarly
    Language:
    English
    Pages:
    200
    Dimensions:
    9.06x6.44x.61 in. .66 lbs.

    Related Subjects

    Education » Phonics
    History and Social Science » Linguistics » General

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    "Synopsis" by , Written by a leading researcher in the field, this fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text, and discourse is designed to provoke critical discussion on key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and examined.
    "Synopsis" by , Written by a leading researcher in the field, this fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text, and discourse is designed to provoke critical discussion on key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and examined.

  • 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
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