Nexus analysis

Pia Lane

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The primary concern of nexus analysis is the complex relations between discourse and action. All action is seen as inherently social and mediated; that is, carried out by social actors through the use of mediational means. Though concerned with oral and written text, the main focus of nexus analysis is not texts in themselves, but rather the relationship between text and action. Scollon (2001a: 144) points out how several research traditions, though concerned with the relationship between language and the social world, tend to overlook the crucial role of actions, which results in a slanted focus in favour of texts:

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