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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Text, Context, Pretext
Subtitle: Critical Issues in Discourse Analysis
Written By: H.G. Widdowson
Series Title: Language in Society

This fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text and
discourse is designed to provoke genuinely critical discussion on key
issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and
examined. The enquiry into discourse analysis that Zellig Harris initiated
50 years ago raised a number of problematic issues that have remained
unresolved ever since. What these are all centrally concerned with is the
relationship between the analysis of the formal properties of text and the
significance that is assigned to them in discourse interpretation.
Widdowson explores this relationship and introduces the notion of pretext
as an additional factor in the general interpretative process. He also
focuses attention specifically on the work of critical discourse analysis
(CDA) in the light of the issues discussed. The result is a stimulating
volume that makes explicit the distinctions between the key concepts of
text and discourse, and between context, co-text and pretext. It shows how
these are related and can provide a theoretical frame of reference for the
critical evaluation of current issues in discourse analysis.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0631234519
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 62.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631234527
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 27.95