Analysing Discourse: Textual Analysis for Social Research by Norman Fairclough

By Norman Fairclough

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

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

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Or to put it differently, the former accentuates the dialogicality of a text, the dialogue between the voice of the author of a text and other voices, the latter diminishes it. The term `voice' is in part similar to the way I use the term `style' (meaning ways of being or identities in their linguistic and more broadly semiotic aspects), but it is useful in also allowing us to focus on the co-presence in texts of the `voices' of particular individuals (Bakhtin 1981, Ivanic 1998, Wertsch 1991). People differ in all sorts of ways, and orientation to difference is fundamental to social interaction.

This representation casts both the accused and the Libyan government in a different and more negative light: a country `hands over' for instance a fugitive or a prisoner rather than its citizens, and one `hands over ' people or objects under duress rather than, for instance, in fulfilment of one's legal obligations. Yet this representation appears in the indirect reports of not only what western diplomats have said but also of what the Libyans and the UN Secretary-General have said, as well as in the account of (and the voice of) the Correspondent.

The staff have welcomed the opportunity to become involved in providing practical help and advice. The first phase of this New Deal has aroused considerable interest: lone parents in other parts of the country are asking if they can join in. This document is remarkable overall for its lack of dialogicality, one indication of which is that there are very few instances in the whole document of reported speech or writing. Other voices hardly appear. This extract is one of the few exceptions. ). There is only one instance here which is obviously reported speech, the indirect report (`lone parents in other parts of the country are asking if they can join in ') at the end.

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