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Advances in Discourse Approaches

Editor(s): Marta Dynel
Contributors: Bogustaire Whyatt, Josima Nijelcowske, Piotr Cap, Chiaki Kumamoto, Marta Dynel, David Singleton, Josef Schmied,

Book Description

Taboo words, Quentin Tarantino’s films, humorous dialogues from “Sex and the City”, witty advertising slogans, the Bible, Barack Obama’s speeches, or legal discourse are only a few of the topics addressed in the volume.

The study of discourse is a diversified and fast-developing field of language research, embracing methodological proposals, discourse analyses, comparative research, translation studies and teaching perspectives. Within each of the approaches, theoretical frameworks and postulates abound. The list of research topics is inexhaustible, especially that each year brings new real-life material subject to analysis and issues to elaborate.

Each chapter is devoted to a different topic and deploys a separate theoretical framework. The diversity of research data, methodologies and theoretical viewpoints guarantees the volume’s being a representative sample of multifarious developments in discourse approaches. The book should thus be an interesting resource for enterprising researchers and students of linguistics.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0609-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0609-9
Date of Publication: 01/06/2009
Pages / Size: 399 / A5
Price: £44.99


Marta Dynel, Ph.D., is an assistant professor (adiunkt) in the Department of Pragmatics in the Institute of English at the University of Łódź. She has published internationally in linguistic journals (e.g. Journal of Pragmatics and Lodz Papers in Pragmatics) and volumes (e.g. for Peter Lang and Cambridge Scholars Press). Her research interests are focused primarily on pragmatic, cognitive and sociolinguistic mechanisms of humour, as well as on the processes of social influence and the rhetoric of advertising. She has recently published a book titled Humorous Garden-Paths: A Pragmatic-Cognitive Study (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).