The Discourse Studies Reader

Main currents in theory and analysis

| University of Warwick / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
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Discourse Studies is an interdisciplinary field studying the social production of meaning across the entire spectrum of the social sciences and humanities. The Discourse Studies Reader brings together 40 key readings from discourse researchers in Europe and North America, some of which are now translated into English for the first time. Divided into seven sections – ‘Theoretical Inspirations: Structuralism versus Pragmatics’, ‘From Structuralism to Poststructuralism’, ‘Enunciative Pragmatics’, ‘Interactionism’, ‘Sociopragmatics’, ‘Historical Knowledge’ and ‘Critical Approaches’ – The Discourse Studies Reader offers a comprehensive overview of the main currents in discourse studies, both discourse theory and discourse analysis. With short introductions elaborating the broader context, the sections present key selections from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds by placing them into their respective epistemological traditions. The Discourse Studies Reader is an indispensable textbook for students and scholars alike who are interested in discourse theoretical questions and working with discourse analytical methods.
[Not in series, 184]  2014.  ix, 417 pp.
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Table of Contents
The Discourse Studies Reader. An Introduction
Johannes Angermuller, Dominique Maingueneau and Ruth Wodak
1. Theoretical Inspirations: Structuralism versus Pragmatics
Ferdinand de Saussure: The value of the sign
1959[1906-1911]. Course in General Linguistics, translated by Wade Baskin, selected 114–117, 120–122. New York: Philosophical Library
Ferdinand de Saussure
Mikhail Bakhtin: Polyphonic discourse in the novel
1981[1934-1935]. ‘Discourse in the Novel’. In The Dialogic Imagination. Four Essays, 259–422, selected 261–265, 268–275. Austin: University of Texas Press
Mikhail Bakhtin
Zellig S. Harris: Towards a distributionalist method
1952. Language, 28 (1): 1–30, selected 1–3, 29–30
Zellig S. Harris
George Herbert Mead: Thought, communication, and the significant symbol
1934. Mind, Self, and Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist, edited by Charles W. Morris. Chicago: University of Chicago, selected 68-75
George Herbert Mead
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Communication as a language game
1997[1953]: Philosophische Untersuchungen / Philosophical Investigations, selected remarks (Bemerkungen) 1-6, 10, 11, 23-26, 29, 30, 43. Oxford: Blackwell
Ludwig Wittgenstein
John L. Austin: Performing speech
1979[1961]. ‘The Meaning of a Word.’ In Philosophical Papers, 3rd edition, 55-75, selected 56–62, 72–75. Oxford: Oxford University Press
John L. Austin
H. Paul Grice: Using language to mean something
1957. ‘Meaning.’ Philosophical Review 66: 377–388, presently published by Duke University Press
H. Paul Grice
2. From Structuralism to Poststructuralism
Jacques Lacan: The divided subject
1970–1971. Seminar XVIII. On a discourse that might not be a semblance. selected 1–8. Online source, translated by Cormac Gallagher
Jacques Lacan
Louis Althusser: The subjectivity effect of discourse
2003[1966]. ‘Three Notes on the Theory of Discourses.’ In The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings (1966-67), 33-84, selected 47–53. London, New York: Verso.
Louis Althusser
Michel Pêcheux: From ideology to discourse
1975. ‘Mises au point et perspectives à propos de l’analyse automappptique du discours.’ Langages 37: 7–80, selected 7–16, 20–22. Anonymous translator
Michel Pêcheux and Catherine Fuchs
Michel Foucault: An archaeology of discourse
2001[1968]. ‘Réponse à une question.’ In Dits et écrits, I, 701–723, selected 702–715. Paris: Gallimard. Anonymous translator.
Michel Foucault
Stuart Hall: Encoding and decoding the message
1980[1973]. ‘Encoding, decoding.’ In Culture, Media, Language. Working Papers in Cultural Studies, 1972-1979, ed. by Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 128-138. London: Routledge
Stuart Hall
Ernesto Laclau: The impossibility of society
1990. ‘The Impossibility of Society.’ In New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time, 89–92. London, New York: Verso
Ernesto Laclau
Judith Butler: Speaking to the postcolonial Other
2008. ‘Violence, Nonviolence. Sartre on Fanon.’ In Race after Sartre, ed. by Jonathan Judaken, 211–232, selected 211–215. Albany: SUNY Press
Judith Butler
3. Enunciative Pragmatics
Émile Benveniste: The formal apparatus of enunciation
1970. ‘L’appareil formel de l’énonciation.’ Langages 17 (5): 12–18, selected 12–18. Anonymous translator.
Émile Benveniste
Dominique Maingueneau: The scene of enunciation
2003. ‘La situation d’énonciation entre langue et discours.’ In Dix ans de S.D.U., edited by the Association des chercheurs en linguistique française, 197–209, selected 198–206. Craiova: Editura Universitaria Craiova
Dominique Maingueneau
Jacqueline Authier-Revuz: Enunciative heterogeneity
1984. ‘Hétérogénéité(s) énonciative(s).’ Langages 73: 98-111, selected 99–107. Anonymous translator
Jacqueline Authier-Revuz
Oswald Ducrot: Enunciative polyphony
1984. Le Dire et le dit. Paris, Minuit, selected 171, 189–192, 203–210. Anonymous translator
Oswald Ducrot
Johannes Angermuller: Subject positions in polyphonic discourse
2014. Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Johannes Angermuller
4. Interactionism
Harvey Sacks: Turn-taking in conversations
1992[1964]. ‘Lecture 1. Rules of Conversational Sequence.’ In Lectures on Conversation. Vol. I, 3–11. Oxford, Cambridge, MA: Blackwell
Harvey Sacks
Erving Goffman: Tacit knowledge in interaction
1983. ‘Felicity’s Condition.’ American Journal of Sociology 89 (1): 1–53, selected 1–9, 48–51.
Erving Goffman
John Gumperz: Intercultural encounters
1982. Discourse Strategies. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, selected 1-7.
John J. Gumperz
Aaron V. Cicourel: Maintaining one’s self
2011. ‘The effect of neurodegenerative disease on representations of self in discourse.’ Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition 17 (3): 251–259, selected 251-253, 254, 255-256, 257-259
Aaron V. Cicourel
James Paul Gee: Language as saying, doing and being
2010. An Introduction to Discourse Analysis. Theory and Method. 3rd edition. New York, London: Routledge, selected 2–10.
James Paul Gee
Jonathan Potter: Discourse and social psychology
2012. ‘Re-reading Discourse and Social Psychology: Transforming social psychology’ British Journal of Social Psychology 51(3): 436-455, selected 436-438, 442, 443-444, 446-447, 448-450.
Jonathan Potter
5. Sociopragmatics
Michael A.K. Halliday: Language as social semiotic
1993[1975]. ‘Language as Social Semiotic.’ In Language and Literacy, ed. by Janet Maybin, 23-43, selected 23–29. Clevedon: Open University
M.A.K. Halliday †
Theo van Leeuwen: The representation of actors
1996. ‘The Representation of Social Actors.’ In Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis, ed. by Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard & Malcolm Coulthard, 32–70, selected 32-36, 36-42. London: Routledge
Theo van Leeuwen
Konrad Ehlich: Text and discourse
1987. ‘Text and Discourse: A plea for clarity in analysis and terminology.’ In Proceedings of the 14th International Congress of Linguistics, ed. by Bahner, Schildt, and Viehweger, 2050–2052. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.
Konrad Ehlich
Patrick Charaudeau: Discourse strategies and the constraints of communication
2002. ‘A communicative conception of discourse.’ Discourse studies 4 (3): 301–318, selected 301-302, 309–316
Patrick Charaudeau
Ruth Amossy: Argumentation and discourse analysis
2008. ‘Argumentation et Analyse du discours: perspectives théoriques et découpages disciplinaires.’ Argumentation et Analyse du discours [online], 1, selected paragraphs 1-18. Access 6.9.2008, Anonymous translator.
Ruth Amossy
John Swales: Genre and discourse community
1990. Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, selected 45–47, 52–60
John M. Swales
6. Historical Knowledge
Régine Robin: History and linguistics
1973. Histoire et linguistique. Paris: Armand Colin, selected 21–26. Anonymous translator
Régine Robin
Reinhart Koselleck: Conceptual history
1994. ‘Some Reflections on the Temporal Structure of Conceptual Change.’ In Main Trends in Cultural History. Ten Essays, ed. by Willem Melching & Wyger Velema, 7-16, selected 7-8, 10-16. Amsterdam: Rodopi
Reinhart Koselleck
Dietrich Busse and Wolfgang Teubert: Using corpora for historical semantics
1994. ‘Ist Diskurs ein sprachwissenschaftliches Objekt? Zur Methodenfrage der historischen Semantik.’ In Begriffsgeschichte und Diskursgeschichte, ed. by Dietrich Busse, Fritz Hermanns, and Wolfgang Teubert, 10–28, selected 10–19. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag. Translated by Chris Newton and Johannes Angermuller.
Dietrich Busse and Wolfgang Teubert
Thomas Luckmann: Communicative genres
1985. ‘Grundformen der gesellschaftlichen Vermittlung des Wissens: Kommunikative Gattungen.’ In Kultur und Gesellschaft, ed. by Friedhelm Neidhardt, M. Rainer Lepsius, and Johannes Weiss, 191–211, selected 200–211. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag. Translated and adapted by Chris Newton and Johannes Angermuller
Thomas Luckmann
7. Critical approaches
Jürgen Habermas: A normative conception of discourse
2001. ‘Reflections on the Linguistic Foundation of Sociology: The Christian Gauss Lecture, Princeton University, February-March 1971.’ In On the Pragmatics of Social Interaction. Preliminary Studies in the Theory of Communicative Action, 1-105, selected 100-105. Cambridge: Polity/Oxford: Blackwell
Jürgen Habermas
Jan Blommaert and Jef Verschueren: A pragmatics of the cultural other
1998. Debating Diversity. Analysing the Discourse of Tolerance. London: Routledge, selected 32-38
Jan Blommaert and Jef Verschueren
Norman Fairclough: A critical agenda for education
2004. ‘Semiotic aspects of social transformation and learning.’ In An Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis in Education, ed. by R. Rogers, 225–235. Lawrence Erlbaum
Norman Fairclough
Teun A. van Dijk: Discourse, cognition, society
2009. ‘Critical Discourse Studies: A Sociocognitive Approach.’ In Methods for Critical Discourse Analysis, ed. by Ruth Wodak & Michael Meyer, 62-86, selected 62-67, 75-80. London: Sage.
Teun A. van Dijk
Ruth Wodak: Discourses of exclusion: Xenophobia, eacism and anti-Semitism
2007. ‘Pragmatics and Critical Discourse Analysis. A cross-disciplinary Analysis.’ Pragmatics and Cognition, 15 (1): 203–225, selected 203–207, 215–218
Ruth Wodak
“Year after year, I had huge difficulties in guiding students through the diversity of theories and traditions in discourse studies. Now I have found the book we all need, and not only our students. For the first time in my life I read a book with such an inspiring selection of classic articles. I am really impressed. And thanks to the editors, all ‘text’ is presented in ‘co-text’, with seven insightful overviews of the sections and forty introductory notes to the articles. If I could start my study again…”
“This Discourse Studies Reader provides a unique collection of theoretical readings from various strands of discourse research in Europe and North America, from various disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (linguistics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history), and from various schools of structuralist and poststructuralist thought. Under the rubrics: enunciative pragmatics, interactionism, sociopragmatics and critical approaches to the study of discourse, it is the first collection of readings to represent discourse research as a transdisciplinary and transnational field of research, that includes, besides the usual canon of Anglo-Saxon research, such well-known French scholars as Benveniste, Pêcheux, Ducrot, and Maingueneau, and such German and Austrian scholars as Habermas, Ehlich, Luckmann, and Wodak. Discourse analysis cannot be separated from ethical or societal concerns. One of the most valuable characteristics of this Reader is its interest in the discursive dimensions of power and injustice, and in social and cultural change.”
“The editors of this reader are to be congratulated for assembling in one place the most comprehensive and influential collection of papers in the field of discourse studies. Linked together by a compelling transdisciplinary view of discourse, the volume traces the main theoretical and methodological currents in the field since the 1960s, including an impressive array of authors and a fascinating range of viewpoints. This is a rich contribution to the intellectual history of discourse studies and an invaluable sourcebook for anyone interested in the study of language.”
“The volume is an ideal reading for graduate students and early career researchers who are looking forward to broadening their theoretical understandings of DS.”
“Der vorliegende Reader stellt eine gewichtige und in vielerlei Hinsicht sehr instruktive Sammlung von Texten aus dem heterogenen Forschungsfeld der Diskursforschung dar. Für Leserinnen und Leser, die das Feld noch nicht kennen, bietet er gebündelt eine ganze Reihe grundlegender Texte, die durch die narrative Struktur des Buchs und die begleitenden Texte der HerausgeberInnen auch gleich entsprechend vorsortiert und interpretativ gerahmt sind.”
“The reader is a key contribution to the field of Discourse Studies. Not only does The Discourse Studies Reader include key readings, it also frames them and the areas they belong to. By thus facilitating the construction of a story about this field, and by stressing the interdisciplinary nature of Discourse Studies, presenting writings from a variety of disciplines side by side, the reader is an excellent source for all those interested in discourse.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014011200