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LINGUIST List 22.759

Mon Feb 14 2011

Disc: Linguistics as Methodology in Social Research

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        1.     Fergal Treanor , Linguistics as Methodology in Social Research

Message 1: Linguistics as Methodology in Social Research
Date: 13-Feb-2011
From: Fergal Treanor <fergal_treanorhotmail.com>
Subject: Linguistics as Methodology in Social Research
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Dear Linguists,

Can applied linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis etc. be used to
operationalize cultural-theoretical claims about the relationships between
discourse and power?

I ask as a PhD candidate in linguistics who is interested by the compelling
theories of Foucault, and at the same time attaches great significance to
rational, evidence-based argumentation.

What linguistic-theoretical discoveries can be applied to corroborate or
falsify hypotheses about, say, institutional views on higher education
policy? Can anything be 'shown', or must any and all conclusions remain at
the level of 'interpretation'.

I am looking forward to hearing from you, and open to debate and discussion!

Best regards,

Fergal Treanor

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

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