“An outstanding introduction to discourse analysis of written language in an age that is more and more characterized by multilingual, digital, and generically hybrid texts. In an accessible style, Working with Written Discourse illustrates how these texts can be analyzed employing a wide variety of approaches that are critical, multidisciplinary, and productive.”

Working with Written Discourse in Social Research

Working with Written Discourse in Social Research

In Chapter 1 we noted that many research projects which are not specifically about language or discourse nevertheless involve collecting and analysing data in the form of speech or writing. Often, social researchers process these data using some form of content analysis; but we suggested that paying attention to the form of discourse—the linguistic choices people make when they communicate their attitudes, beliefs and experiences—can sometimes produce additional insights. In this chapter, we return to the uses of discourse analysis in social research, and discuss some examples in more detail.

Using Writing as Data

In the earlier text Working with Spoken Discourse (Cameron 2001), the chapter dealing with this topic focused on the kinds of talk which are produced ...

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