Discourse: The Basics by Angela GoddardDiscourse: The Basics by Angela Goddard

Discourse: The Basics

byAngela Goddard, Neil CareyEditorAngela Goddard

Paperback | May 17, 2017

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Humans are social animals and through conversation, written communication, symbols and other expressions are constantly interacting with each other.Discourse: The Basicsis an accessible and engaging introduction to the analysis of those interactions and the many forms, expressions and meanings they can take. The book draws on a range of international case studies and examples to address key questions such as:

  • What is discourse?
  • Why are there different approaches to understanding discourse?
  • What issues affect the collection and management of discourse?
  • How can discourse be represented?

Including subject summaries, a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading,Discourse: The Basicsis an essential guide for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are approaching discourse for the first time.

Angela Goddard is a Professor of English Language, a UK Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, and Chair of Examiners for English Language A Level at a UK examination board. Neil Carey is Principal Lecturer for Internationalisation in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University,...
Title:Discourse: The BasicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:May 17, 2017Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415856558

ISBN - 13:9780415856553

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Table of Contents


  1. Defining Discourse
  2. Discourse and Context: a practical exercise
  3. Language, Thought and Discourse
  4. Language, Society and Discourse
  5. Discourse and Metaphor
  6. Discourse and Rhetoric
  7. Discourse and Interactivity
  8. Discourse and Narrative
  9. Discourse and Identity
  10. Collecting and Representing Discourse


Editorial Reviews

"Discourse: The Basics is an accessible and authoritative exploration of what 'discourse' is and how 'discourse' works that draws on a range of illustrative case studies to enrich understanding for students and teachers. A must read for undergraduates and of relevance to researchers and a wider readership." Mark Vicars, Victoria University, Australia "A concise and engaging introduction to discourse analysis, providing a fascinating overview of approaches to conceptualising and investigating language. The account assumes no prior knowledge and is easy to navigate, making this a valuable resource for students across disciplines at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Key concepts are fully explained and richly illustrated drawing on examples from everyday experience that give a deceptively light touch to complex material. Crystal clear writing makes this a very satisfying and enjoyable read." Georgina Glenny, Oxford Brookes University, UK