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LINGUIST List 20.314

Sat Jan 31 2009

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics/Socioling: Van Dijk

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Society and Discourse: Van Dijk


Message 1: Society and Discourse: Van Dijk
Date: 29-Jan-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Society and Discourse: Van Dijk
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Title: Society and Discourse
Subtitle: How Social Contexts Influence Text and Talk
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Teun A. Van Dijk
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521516907 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521516907 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

Van Dijk presents a new theory of context that explains how text and talk
are adapted to their social environment. He argues that instead of the
usual direct relationship being established between society and discourse,
this influence is indirect and depends on how language users themselves
'define' the communicative situation. The new concept Van Dijk introduces
for such definitions is that of context models. These models control all
language production and understanding and explain how discourse is made
appropriate in each situation. They are the missing link between language
and society so far ignored in pragmatics and sociolinguistics. In this
interdisciplinary book, the new theory of context is developed from a
linguistic and psychological perspective. The theory is applied to the
domain of politics, including the debate about the war in Iraq, where
political leaders' speeches serve as a case study for detailed contextual
analysis.

1. Introduction;
2. Context and social cognition;
3. Context and society;
4. Context and culture;
5. Context and politics: The Iraq debate in British parliament;
6. Conclusions.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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