For anyone approaching Discourse Analysis for the first time, theory means little when it is not related to actual knowledge and experience of language in use. Describing Discourse takes the unique approach of introducing discourse studies through the hands-on analysis of linguistic data.
The book introduces students to specific discourses constructed for particular purposes, for example, from the domains of advertising, law, medicine and education. Each chapter provides examples, exercises and commentary designed to develop the analytical abilities needed in describing the characteristic forms and typical functions of different discourses.
Describing Discourse provides the ideal entry into the study of discourse for students new to the subject.
Table of Contents
The Discourse of Speech and Writing
The Discourse of Politics
The Discourse of Advertising
The Discourse of Law
The Discourse of Education
The Discourse of Medicine
Dr Nicola Woods is Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport, UK.