LINGUIST List 15.1604

Thu May 20 2004

Books: Discourse Analysis: O'Halloran

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  1. Charlotte.Maxwell, Critical Discourse Analysis and Language Cognition: O'Halloran

Message 1: Critical Discourse Analysis and Language Cognition: O'Halloran

Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 04:24:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charlotte.Maxwell <Charlotte.Maxwelleup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Critical Discourse Analysis and Language Cognition: O'Halloran




Title: Critical Discourse Analysis and Language Cognition

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Edinburgh University Press
		http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/

Book URL: http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/cgi/odbic.exe?input=NewWeb/Books/O'Halloran2578.htm

Author: Kieran O'Halloran, Lecturer in the Centre for Language and
Communications at The Open University

Paperback: ISBN: 0748618287, Pages: 256, Price: U.K. � 18.99

			
Abstract:

An interdisciplinary study of issues of language manipulation, this
book explores the interpretation stage of critical discourse analysis
(CDA) for students in areas such as English language, media studies
and applied linguistics, as well as practitioners in the field.

It also offers a new way forward for highlighting manipulative
language, accomplishing this through the innovation of a model of
reading for gist. The model is an original synthesis of elements from
four contemporary cognitive frameworks: connectionism, cognitive
linguistics, psycholinguistic evidence on inference generation, and
relevance theory. Significantly, Kieran O'Halloran also shows how each
of these frameworks challenges current notions of cognition in CDA and
he carefully works through the implications of this for how CDA
highlights manipulative language.

Features

* shows clearly how more systematic and reliable prediction can be
made as to whether a news text is likely to manipulate someone reading
for gist

* provides accessible outlines of connectionism, cognitive
linguistics, psycholinguistic research on inference generation,
relevance theory, which assume no previous knowledge

* brings together contemporary linguistic and cognitive approaches
which usually do not communicate

* provides a useful overview of how language cognition is understood
in CDA, revealing tensions in this understanding.

In offering novel criticism of some key aspects of CDA and in
suggesting ways in which critical analyses of news texts can be
improved, this book is both topical and controversial.

Customers in North America please contact our distributors: Columbia
University Press in the US and University of British Columbia Press in
Canada.


Lingfield(s):	Cognitive Science
		Discourse Analysis
		Psycholinguistics
		
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)


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