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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Beginner’s Guide to Discourse Analysis

ISBN 9781137402899
Publication Date September 2017
Formats Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Want to understand discourse analysis, but not sure where to start?

This practical textbook introduces you to the tools and techniques that explain how language is used in different situations, and it will be an indispensable resource that you return to again and again during your course.

Author Sean Sutherland has years of experience in teaching the topic to his own undergraduate and graduate students, and the book is packed with colourful examples from novels, songs, newspaper articles and more that enrich your understanding and help you to develop confidence.

A Beginner's Guide to Discourse Analysis:
• Assumes no prior knowledge of the subject
• Is filled with exercises and answers throughout, along with answers and commentary
• Contains supporting explanations of relevant grammar points

This is an indispensable resource for anybody doing discourse analysis as part of their studies.

Sean Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster, UK.

1. Thinking About the Text
2. Thinking About the Meaning
3. Thinking About the Producer
4. Thinking About the Context
5. Thinking about the Information.


In this beautifully exemplified and neatly-structured work, Sutherland guides readers through the various ways of thinking about language in use. A must-read for students, scholars and practitioners with an interest in text and discourse analysis.' Sofia Lampropoulou, University of Liverpool, UK
'Pitched in a way beginning linguists can understand, Sutherland explains and provides an overview of central issues in discourse analysis. Written in a clear, lively style it introduces a breadth of key concepts and topics, including up-to-date examples. An accessible and engaging introduction.' Urszula Clark, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
'Finally a textbook on Discourse Analysis that really targets UG beginners who might have no background in the field. This is a great little book, lecturer and student friendly, very flexible and adaptable to different ways of structuring a course. I will adopt it as one of my main textbooks, I will recommend it for a first year UG module on language and also across the English programme.' Arianna Maiorani, Lougborough University, UK
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