LINGUIST List 20.240
Mon Jan 26 2009
Books: Discourse Analysis: Coffin
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Historical Discourse: Coffin
Message 1: Historical Discourse: Coffin
From: Luke Roberts <lrobertscontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: Historical Discourse: Coffin
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Title: Historical Discourse
Subtitle: The Language of Time, Cause and Evaluation
Series Title: Continuum Discourse
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Author: Caroline Coffin
Paperback: ISBN: 1847065732 9781847065735 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 27.99
Paperback: ISBN: 1847065732 9781847065735 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
"This book makes a major contribution to the study of historical discourseand while it will be of interest to teachers of history, it will inaddition be of considerable interest to those who work in discourse studiesgenerally- linguists, applied linguists and educational linguists." - Frances Christie, Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne andHonorary Professor, University of Sydney, Australia.
"Coffin's functional linguistics perspective provides a rigorous andcomprehensive analysis of the texts of secondary school history, both thosethat students read and those they need to learn to write. This is anoriginal and welcome contribution to debates about how to develop students'historical understanding." - Mary Schleppegrell, University of Michigan, USA.
Historical Discourse analyses the importance of the language of time, causeand evaluation in both texts which students at secondary school arerequired to read, and their own writing for assessment. In contrast tostudies which have denied that history has a specialised language, CarolineCoffin demonstrates through a detailed study of historical texts, thatwriting about the past requires different genres, lexical and grammaticalstructures. In this analysis, language emerges as a powerful tool formaking meaning in historical writing.
Presupposing no prior knowledge of systemic functional linguistics, thisinsightful book will be of interest to researchers in applied linguisticsand discourse analysis, as well as history educators.
Written In: English (eng )
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