By Jan Renkema
Discourse, of Course comes after Jan Renkema’s creation to Discourse Studies (2004) for undergraduates. the recent ebook is a suite of twenty brief papers. it's a capita selecta path and intended for graduate courses. the purpose of this booklet is threefold:
• to give fabric for complex classes in discourse experiences;
• to spread a stimulating demonstrate of analysis initiatives to destiny PhD scholars;
• to offer an outline of recent advancements after the 2004
advent to Discourse Studies.
This ebook fulfills either the teacher's want for a cutting-edge evaluate of the most issues in discourse, and the student's have to gather criteria for constructing study plans in theses and dissertations. It provides a mixture of ways from very diversified faculties in discourse reports, starting from argumentation concept to style thought, from the research of multimodal metaphors to cognitive ways to coherence research. This booklet is not just intended to function a textbook, but additionally as a reference publication for researchers who wish an replace for varied major issues within the box.
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Extra info for Discourse, of Course: An overview of research in discourse studies
This rhetorically crafted electoral speech introduces a whole host of discourse worlds of different kinds, whose evocation plays a strategic role in fulfilling the interactional goals of the speech, contributing to its persuasive force. Try to work out a discourse semantic analysis of the text in two steps. ■ ■ Firstly, mark down all the world-creating expressions that are found in the text and try to establish the kind of discourse worlds they introduce. Secondly, try to reconstruct a semantic representation of the speech, mapping the different discourse worlds introduced in the discourse and the propositions that populate them.
While it captures a basically correct insight, this translation still seems too blunt and a-historical. In fact, powerful as it is as a model for interpreting discourse worlds, possible world semantics is not well suited to capture certain aspects of discourse worlds as representations entertained by people, who may or may not be aware of their consequences. In the conclusion of her book on the telling of the American story, Polanyi (1989: 193) writes: “The Story of America is, very largely, a prolonged, complex, and sometimes tragic exegesis of those few lines from The Declaration of Independence.
When I hear the cynical talk that blacks and whites and Latinos can’t join together and work together, I’m reminded of the Latino brothers and sisters I organized with, and stood with, and fought with side by side for jobs and justice on the streets of Chicago. So don’t tell us change can’t happen. When I hear that we’ll never overcome the racial divide in our politics, I think about that Chapter 1. Doing discourse analysis with possible worlds Republican woman who used to work for Strom Thurmond,19 who’s now devoted to educating inner-city children and who went out onto the streets of South Carolina and knocked on doors for this campaign.
Discourse, of Course: An overview of research in discourse studies by Jan Renkema