New PDF release: Analysing discourse- textual analysis for social research

By Norman Fairclough

ISBN-10: 0415258928

ISBN-13: 9780415258920

ISBN-10: 0415258936

ISBN-13: 9780415258937

Analysing Discourse is an available introductory textbook for all scholars and researchers operating with genuine language data.

Drawing on a variety of social theorists from Bourdieu to Habermas, in addition to his personal learn, Norman Fairclough's booklet offers a kind of language research with a continually social standpoint. His process is illustrated by means of and investigated via more than a few genuine texts, from written texts, to a television debate concerning the monarchy and a radio broadcast concerning the Lockerbie bombing. The student-friendly ebook additionally deals available summaries, an appendix of instance texts, and a word list of phrases and key theorists.

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G. g. `She said she'd be late'). The former claims to reproduce the actual words used, the latter does not; a summary may reword what was actually said ((40)) or written. Reported speech, writing or thought attributes what is quoted or summarized to the persons who said or wrote or thought it. But elements of other texts may also be incorporated without attribution. So intertextuality covers a range of possibilities (see Fairclough 1992, Ivanic 1998). But I am also going to link assumptions to intertextuality.

If the statement of fact were to be reworded as a statement of possibility, that would at least be dialogically open to other possibilities. An even less dialogical option is the categorical, non-modalized assertions which we actually have in the text, which leave no room for other possibilities. And the least dialogical option is assumption, simply taking this vision of the global economy for granted, as in the extract from the Department of Education and Employment leaflet which I quoted above (see also White 2001).

Apart from the recorded statement by the Libyan Foreign Minister, reported speech and thought are indirect. A superficial measure of `balance' might appear quite positive: the voice of the Libyan government is as prominent as the voice of western governments. Yet if we look at the text in terms of recontextualization, and in particular in terms of ((53)) how the different voices are textured together in the text, the report seems more problematic, and less favourable to the Libyan government. One issue is 'framing': when the voice of another is incorporated into a text, there are always choices about how to `frame' it, how to contextualize it, in terms of other parts of the text — about relations between report and authorial account.

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