This practical textbook introduces students to a range of tools and techniques used in discourse analysis. The perfect starting point for those new to the field, it explores a wide range of fundamental concepts in discourse analysis, including sociolinguistic variables that affect language use, register, cohesion and coherence, discourse markers and Grice's maxims. Excerpts from novels, songs, newspaper articles and spoken conversations illustrate key concepts and enrich students' understanding of the subject. This introductory guide is an invaluable resource for undergraduates studying discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics modules or courses. It is also ideal for students of related disciplines which entail an understanding of discourse analysis, such as communication studies, sociology, anthropology, management and psychology.
From the Back Cover Want to understand discourse analysis, but not sure where to start? This practical textbook introduces you to the tools and techniques that explain how language is used in different situations, and it will be an indispensable resource that you return to again and again during your course. Author Sean Sutherland has years of experience in teaching the topic to his own undergraduate and graduate students, and the book is packed with colourful examples from novels, songs, newspaper articles and more that enrich your understanding and help you to develop confidence. A Beginner's Guide to Discourse Analysis - Assumes no prior knowledge of the subject - Is filled with exercises and answers throughout, along with answers and commentary - Contains supporting explanations of relevant grammar points This is an indispensable resource for anybody doing discourse analysis as part of their studies.