Paltridge, Brian. Discourse analysis: an introduction / Brian Paltridge. – 2nd ed. p . cm. – (Continuum discourse series). Includes bibliographical references and. DISCOURSE ANALYSIS BY BRIAN PALTRIDGE CHAPTER 1 WHAT IS DISCOURSE ANALYSIS By [email protected] Central Idea of the Chapter. Brian Paltridge. Discourse Analysis. London: Continuum. pp. Pb ( ) £ Reviewed by Ekaterina Timofeeva.

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Discourse Analysis: An Introduction

An Introduction 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: Djscourse should be on every reading list. Discourse and society 3. Discourse and pragmatics 4. Discourse and genre 5.

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Discourse and conversation 6. Corpus approaches to discourse analysis 8.


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 didcourse 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.

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. 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.


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 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.

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