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The Study of Discourse

Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Dionysis Goutsos

in Discourse Analysis

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780748620456
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620456.003.0001
The Study of Discourse

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The chapter offers an introduction to the text-linguistic perspective on discourse that is followed in the book. The basic notions of text, context and discourse are clarified and the main assumptions of the field are identified. Text as a unit of analysis is discussed in detail, before looking into text language, structure and meaning. In particular, the language of the text is situated in the four discourse planes of substance, form, content and expression. The concept of cohesion is discussed in relation to the identification of structure. Text meaning is viewed as arising from several sources such as the general language functions and the specific speech acts realized in text, the assumption of coherence and the interaction between text and context, defined and analyzed in terms of Hymes’ components of speech events and Halliday’s notion of register. Finally, the question of data is raised as crucial for any kind of discourse analysis.

Keywords: text; context; discourse; discourse planes; cohesion; language functions; speech act; coherence; register

Chapter.  11591 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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