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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Discourse and Genre

Using Language in Context

ISBN 9780230217966
Publication Date January 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Perspectives on the English Language

This accessible guide to discourse employs an innovative, inductive approach, with a clear focus on genre that allows students to examine language in context. Using real texts, students are shown how each dimension of discourse links together and are offered practical guidance on how to carry out a discourse analysis project.

STEPHEN BAX is a Reader in English Language, Learning, Assessment and Technology, in the CRELLA Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire.  He has taught for many years in the UK, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in the areas of language, discourse and education, and his research focuses on language in use in domains including politics, the media and education. 

Introduction.- How Do We Understand Texts?.- Discourse and Discourse Analysis.- Genre.- Discourse Modes.- Analysing Discourse: A Heuristic Approach.- Spoken Genres: Conversations and Classrooms.- Spoken Genres: The Courtroom, Jokes, Sports Commentary and Advertising.- Written Genres: News reports, Personal Ads, Texting and Online Gaming.- Texts Referring to other Texts: Intertextuality.- Doing Discourse Analysis.- Bibliography.

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