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Wed 22 Jan 1992

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  1. Helen Dry, Discourse Analysis texts

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Date: Wed, 22 Jan 92 12:52:04 -0Discourse Analysis texts
From: Helen Dry <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis texts

A few weeks ago I sent a message asking for suggestions
for an "overview" text in a graduate course in Discourse
Analysis, saying I'd become dissatisfied with Brown &
Yule (_Discourse Analysis_, CUP). I'd like to thank
Bill Greaves, Susan Fiksdal, Susan Herring, Ronald H.
Southerland, and Bruce Fraser for their responses.

Following is a summary of the suggestions I received.
I've included the sender's comments in brackets
because I think these are a useful part of a
recommendation list (and what we lose on LINGUIST by no
longer posting individual responses to textbook
queries). But the comments should--of course--be read
as only the sender's informal opinion, not his/her (or
my) considered review.

Journal issues:

Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 11, 1990.
Cambridge U Press.

Discourse Processes volume devoted to gender issues in
language ("probably" 1990, vol.13 no. 1 or 2) ["very
good articles by Penny Ekert, Marjorie Goodwin, and
Deborah Tannen."]

Benson, Fries, Greaves (eds.). Systems, Structures, and
Discourse: Selected Papers from the Fifteenth
International Systemic Congress, edited by and
Matthiessen, published as a special double number of
WORD, the Journal of the International Linguistic
Association (vol. 40, nos 1-2). ["on discourse from a
systemic perspective".]


Benson, Cummings and Greaves (eds.) Linguistics in a
Systemic Perspective, John Benjamins, 1988 ISBN 90-272
3555-4 ["discourse in a systemic perspective, as in
Halliday & Hassan"]

Braun, Friederike. 1988. Terms of Address. Problems of
Patterns and Usage in Various Languages and Cultures.
Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Cook, _Discourse_ (Oxford UP) ["aimed at students in
Education and . . . fairly superficial, although it
covers a lot of ground"].

Coulthard, M. _An Introduction to Discourse Analysis_
["some good, albeit dense, chapters on pragmatics,
conversational analysis, and the ethnography of

Fasold, Ralph. _The Sociolinguistics of Language_
["has a number of useful chapters including address
terms, ethnography of communication, discourse markers"]

Fiksdal, Susan _The Right Time and Pace: a microanalysis
of cross-cultural gatekeeping interviews, Ablex, 1990.
["gives an . . . introduction to conversational
analysis, connects it to discourse analysis, and
presents a model of conversation based on two kinds of
time: the "right" time to do something; and tempo."]

Halliday and Hasan, Cohesion in English. Longman 1976,
ISBN 0-582-55031-9

Johnstone, Barbara. 1990. Stories, Community, and
Place: Narratives from Middle America. Indiana UP.
[My own suggestion (HAD): not an overview, but a lucid,
engaging supplementary text, with a good intro. on
personal experience stories.]

Levinson, S. _Pragmatics_ (CUP) ["In a course with a
"hefty component" of address terms"]

Schiffrin, Deborah. 1987. Discourse Markers.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Stubb, Michael. Discourse Analysis: The Sociolinguistic
Analysis of Natural Language. University of Chicago
Press, 1983 (ISBN 0-226-77833-9) [Recommended by 2
people. One said, "accessible but rather rambling

Tannen, Deborah. _Conversational Style_

Wardhaugh, Ronald. How Conversation Works. Blackwell,
1985, ISBN 0-631-13921-4

Other suggestions:

"Debbie Schiffrin (now at Berkeley--RP-ptggarnet. is apparently just finishing an entirely
new text on discourse analysis."

"We avoid 'ethical' (and logistical) problems in terms
of our data gathering by using a tape of the film 'My
Dinner with Andre' (students are also required to
purchase the screenplay Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory,
My Dinner with Andre, New: York, Grove Press, Inc.,
1981, ISBN 0-394-17948-X.) ["some differences between
the film and the published screenplay. . . . seem to
result from improvisation and serve to make the on
screen dialogue more natural. . . . affords examples of
turn-taking, nonverbal communication, use of discourse
markers . . . many included smaller narratives and much
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