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Discourse, of Course: An overview of research in discourse studies


Discourse, of Course comes after Jan Renkema’s Introduction to Discourse Studies (2004) for undergraduates. The new book is a collection of twenty short papers. It is a capita selecta course and meant for graduate programs. The aim of this book is threefold:
  • to present material for advanced courses in discourse studies;
  • to unfold a stimulating display of research projects to future PhD students;
  • to give an overview of new developments after the 2004 Introduction to Discourse Studies.

This publication fulfills both the teacher's need for a state-of-the-art overview of the main topics in discourse, and the student's need to acquire standards for developing research plans in theses and dissertations. It gives a combination of approaches from very different schools in discourse studies, ranging from argumentation theory to genre theory, from the study of multimodal metaphors to cognitive approaches to coherence analysis. This book is not only meant to serve as a textbook, but also as a reference book for researchers who want an update for various main topics in the field.


A multiple invitation to discourse studies
Jan Renkema

Part I. Discourse in communication

Doing discourse with possible worlds
Andrea Rocci

Discourses "off course"?
Anna Duszak

Part II. Discourse and other communication modes

Discourse across semiotic modes
John A. Bateman

Schemes and tropes in Visual Communication: The case of object grouping in advertisements
Alfons Maes and Joost Schilperoord

Part III. Discourse types

Text types and dynamism of genres
Sungsoon Wang

Academic and professional written genres in disciplinary communication: Theoretical and empirical challenges
Giovanni Parodi

Part IV. Discourse structures

Why investigate textual information hierarchy?
Elisabeth Le

Implicit and explicit coherence relations
Maite Taboada

Part V. Stylistics and rhetorics

Style and culture in quantitative discourse analysis
Martin Kaltenbacher

Devices of probability and obligation in text types
Xinzhang Yang

Analysis and evaluation of argumentative discourse
Frans H. van Eemeren and Bart Garssen

Part VI. Discourse and cognition

Embodied cognition, discourse and dual coding theory: New directions
Mark Sadoski

The cognition of discourse coherence
Ted Sanders and Wilbert Spooren

A computational psycholinguistic algorithm to measure cohesion in discourse
Max M. Louwerse and Patrich Jeuniaux

Part VII. Discourse and institution

Chinese questions and power relations in institutional dialogue
Jinjun Wang

Towards a process view of preformulation in press releases
Geert Jacobs and Tom Van Hout

Media discourse
Kenneth C.C. Kong

Part VIII. Discourse and culture

Critical discourse analysis
Theo van Leeuwen

Gendered discursive constructions of bank manager positions: Conflicting social identities
Inger Lassen

The semiotics of racism: A critical discourse-historical analysis
Ruth Wodak

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