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Title: Discourse and Contemporary Social Change
Edited By: Norman Fairclough
Giuseppina Cortese
Patrizia Ardizzone
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11276
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 54

This book draws together a rich variety of perspectives on discourse as a
facet of contemporary social change, representing a number of different
disciplines, theoretical positions and methods. The specific focus of the
volume is on discourse as a moment of social change, which can be seen to
involve objects of research which comprise versions of some or all of the
following research questions: How and where did discourses (narratives)
emerge and develop? How and where did they achieve hegemonic status? How
and where and how extensively have they been recontextualized? How and
where and to what extent have they been operationalized? The dialectical
approach indicated above implies that discourse analysis includes analysis
of relations between language (more broadly, semiosis) and its social


- Norman Fairclough: Introduction
- Norman Fairclough: The Contribution of Discourse Analysis to Research on
Social Change
- Paul Bayley: Terror in Political Discourse from the Cold War to the
Unipolar World
- Alison Duguid: Soundbiters Bit. Contracted Dialogistic Space and the
Textual Relations of the No. 10 Team Analysed through Corpus Assisted
Discourse Studies
- Douglas Ponton: When is it Reasonable to Cooperate? Tony Blair's
Statement on the Iraqi Crisis
- Caroline Clark: A War of Words: A Linguistic Analysis of BBC Embed
Reports during the Iraq Conflict
- Maurizio Gotti: Globalisation and Discursive Changes in Specialised Contexts
- Fred Gardaphé: Language in Fiction: Italian at Work in Italian American
- Patrizia Ardizzone: Whose Language Counts? Language Policy in the United
States and Contemporary Social Change
- Marina Dossena: Scots in Institutional Discourse: 'Walcome til the
Scottish Pairlament Wabsite'
- Siria Guzzo: Multilingualism and Language Variation in the British Isles:
The Case of the Bedford Italian Community
- Martin Solly: Linguistic Choice in Contemporary Educational Reform - Teun
A. Van Dijk: Comments on Context and Conversation
- Robert Viscusi: Italy: Two Episodes in the History of a National Brand
- John Douthwaite: Ideology, Language and Gender Identity in a Detective Story
- Giuseppina Cortese: Perspectivity in Human Rights Treaty Ratification:
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Federica Ferrari: G. W. Bush's Public Speeches to the Nation: Exploiting
Emotion in Persuasion
- Marina Bondi: Key-words and Emotions: A Case Study of the Bloody Sunday
- Amelie Kutter: Petitioner or Partner? Constructions of European
Integration in Polish Print Media Debates on the EU Constitutional Treaty
- J. W. Unger/Jane Sunderland: Gendered Discourses in a Contemporary
Animated Film: Subversion and Confirmation of Gender Stereotypes in Shrek
- Giuseppe Balirano: De-stereotyping Otherness: A Multimodal Script
Analysis of Semiotically Expressed Humour
- Maxine Lipson: The Ubiquitous Machine: Visual Texts in the BBC Coverage
of the Iraqi Conflict
- Ira Torresi: Quick Temper, Hot Blood: The Filmic Representation of
Italian-American Speech and Rhetorical Strategies.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039112767
ISBN-13: 9783039112760
Pages: 555
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