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Tue Dec 11 2012

Books: Society and Discourse: Dijk

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Subject: Society and Discourse: Dijk
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Title: Society and DiscourseSubtitle: How Social Contexts Influence Text and TalkPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Teun A. van Dijk

Paperback: ISBN: 9781107407107 Pages: 298 Price: U.S. $ 46.00


Please note: This is a new paperback edition of a previously announced book.

After his earlier book Discourse and Context, also published by CambridgeUniversity Press, Teun A. van Dijk in this 2009 study presents the second partof his new multidisciplinary theory of context. The main thesis of this theoryis that the influence of society on discourse is not direct, as is postulatedfor instance in sociolinguistics, but cognitively mediated by subjectivemental models of the communicative situation: context models. These dynamicmodels control discourse production and comprehension and define the pragmaticappropriateness of text and talk. Whereas in Discourse and Context thepsychological and linguistic aspects of context were analyzed, this bookfocuses on the social psychological, sociological, anthropological andpolitical aspects of context. Tony Blair's 2003 speech defending his motion togo to war against Saddam Hussein and the following debate in parliament isused as an example illustrating the new theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Context and social cognition3. Context and society4. Context and culture5. Context and politics: the Iraq debate in British parliament6. Conclusions

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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