Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method

Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method

by James Paul Gee
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Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method

Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Gee presents both a theory of language-in-use, as well as a method of research. This method is made up of a set of tools of enquiry and strategies for using them. Perspectives from a variety of approaches and disciplines,

including applied linguistics, education, psychology, anthropology, and communication, are incorporated to help students and scholars a range of backgrounds formulate their own views on discourse analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415211864
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

James Paul Gee is Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, USA. He is author of a number of books, including How to Do Discourse Analysis, second edition, Language and Learning in the Digital Age and is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Discourses and social languages

3. Situated meanings and cultural models

4. Cultural models

5. Discourse analysis

6. Processing and organizing language

7. An example

of discourse analysis

Appendix: grammar in communication



says, 'getting physically, socially, culturally, or morally "bitten" by the world' (Ron Scollon, Georgetown University)

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'This useful book provides an extensive set of tools for systematically analyzing language use. The book reflects Gee’s broad and deep grasp of relevant fields, drawing on insights not only about the social life of language but also about social theories of late capitalism, contemporary accounts of culture and sociocentric approaches to the mind. Earlier editions have proven their usefulness to both beginning and advanced students, and this new edition contains the useful original material together with nice additions like more extensive sample analyses and a primer on analyzing multimodal texts.' Stanton Wortham, University of Pennsylvania, USA

'Since it was first published in 1999, Gee’s Introduction to Discourse Analysis has become a classic in the field. Written in a refreshing and high accessible style and full of interesting, contemporary examples, this book is useful not just for beginners seeking to understand the personal, practical and political implications of how we use language to communicate, but also for seasoned scholars seeking new ideas and inspiration. This new edition is substantially revised and reorganized, making it even more user-friendly, and includes a wealth of new, up-to-date examples and theoretical material, including material on images and multimodal texts.' Rodney Jones, City University of Hong Kong

'Wonderful entrance point, engaging, well-grounded in the literature, and full of analytical insights, this book offers helpful, interesting, and practical examples across different aspects of discourse analysis. Gee’s accessible and engaging writing style and his openness to difference encourages scholars to begin or continue exploring the ways in which discourses operate as practices and activities in the world. This book stimulates various analytical, theoretical, and conceptual conversations among students, researchers, and practitioners.' Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, University of Florida, USA

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