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Title: Language and Power
Subtitle: An Introduction to Institutional Discourse
Written By: Andrea Mayr
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com
Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics
Description:

How language is used in institutions and how institutions generate language
is a key concern of both sociolinguistics and social theory. This readable
and comprehensive introduction to language and power in institutions
combines theoretical reflection with a strong analytical focus. Covering a
range of institutional discourses and settings, each chapter in Language
and Power closely examines institutional discourse practices and provides
detailed steps to the critical analysis of institutional discourse both
linguistic and multimodal.

This book is a long overdue contribution to the analysis of the way that
institutions have the power to shape our thinking and understanding of the
world and to construct identities.

Key Features:
*This book contains fascinating examples from a variety of institutional
contexts, including academia, prison, media and the military
*It brings together insights from (multimodal) critical discourse analysis,
social theory, media studies and corpus analysis
*It is essential reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates
doing sociolinguistics, media studies, communication and cultural studies

Author
Dr. Andrea Mayr is Lecturer in the School of English at Queen’s University,
Belfast.

Reviews
"Students of CDA with an interest in multimodal analysis will find this
book specially useful. Its broad treatment of discourse to include all
aspects of semiotic activity, from the use of photos in news stories to
the visual design of war monuments, provides concrete case studies that
help introduce key concepts in the study of language and power."
- Adam Hodges, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

"Language and Power offers an innovative and intriguing blend of
socio-historical criticism and textual analysis. Applying critical
discourse analysis to a range of discourse types the authors display its
potential to the full with a series of thought-provoking and illuminating
readings. All serious students of institutional discourse will want to
engage with this book."
- Dr Martin Montgomery, Department of English Studies, University of
Strathclyde, UK

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0826487432
ISBN-13: 9780826487438
Pages: 216
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00

 
 
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ISBN: 0826487440
ISBN-13: 9780826487445
Pages: 216
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99