An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory & Method by James Paul Gee

By James Paul Gee

Assuming no past wisdom of linguistics, Gee offers either a conception of language-in-use, in addition to a mode of analysis. this system is made of a suite of instruments of enquiry and techniques for utilizing them. views from numerous ways and disciplines, together with utilized linguistics, schooling, psychology, anthropology, and verbal exchange, are included to assist scholars and students a variety of backgrounds formulate their very own perspectives on discourse analysis.

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What sorts of “grammar two” patterns indicate this? Are different social languages mixed? How so? • What socially situated identities and activities do these social languages enact? • What Discourse or Discourses are involved? ) relevant in indicating socially situated identities and activities? • What sort of performance and recognition work (negotiations and struggles) has gone on in interactions over this language? What are the actual or possible social, institutional, and political consequences of this work?

Social languages are what we learn and what we speak. Keep in mind that “social languages” and “Discourses” are terms for different things. I will use the term “social languages” to talk about the role of language in Discourses. But as I said above, Discourses always involve more than language. They always involve coordinating language with ways of acting, interacting, valuing, believing, feeling, and with bodies, clothes, non-linguistic symbols, objects, tools, technologies, times, and places.

The word “conversation,” as I am using it here, can be misleading. ” But the sorts of conversations I am talking about involve a lot more than words; they involve, in fact, Discourses. It is better, perhaps, to call them “Conversations” with a “big C,” since they are better viewed as (historic) conversations between and among Discourses, not just among individual people. Think, for instance, as we mentioned above, of the long-running, historic Conversation between biology and creationism, or between the Los Angeles police department and Latino street gangs.

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