Text Context Pretext: Critical Issues in Discourse Analysis (Language in Society)

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Written by a leading researcher in the field, this fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text, and discourse is designed to provoke critical discussion on key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and examined. * Written by a leading researcher in the field * Continues the enquiry into discourse analysis that Zellig Harris initiated 50 years ago, which raised a number of problematic issues that have remained unresolved ever since * Introduces the notion of pretext as an additional factor in the general interpretative process * Focuses attention specifically on the work of critical discourse analysis (CDA) in light of the issues discussed

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"This book is beautifully written, clearly and cogentlyargued and illustrated with interesting and persuasive examples. Itis excellent for use with students, who would otherwise struggle ina field replete with difficult, if not tortuous, key texts."Malcolm Coulthard, University of Birmingham


"It is unusual in discourse analysis to find a book asthought-provoking or as wide-ranging as this. Any student ofpragmatics, discourse analysis (critical or otherwise), textlinguistics or corpus linguistics will need to consider carefullywhat Henry Widdowson has to say; his positions are too well arguedto be simply ignored."
Michael Hoey, University of Liverpool

"Text, Context, Pretext covers much ground in discourseanalysis ranging from its early precursors (e.g. B Malinowski, Z.Harris) to its contemporary practitioners. The notion of pretextprovides a new approach to the discussion of critical issues in(critical) discourse analysis."
Journal of Sociolinguistics

"The Volume, greatly ro its credit, raises the awareness ofvarious critical issues which need to be considered when embarkingon research in Critical Discourse Analysis."
Discourse & Society

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This fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, textand discourse is designed to provoke genuinely critical discussionon key issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearlyidentified and explored.


The enquiry into discourse analysis that Zellig Harris initiated50 years ago raised a number of problematic issues that haveremained unresolved ever since. What these are all centrallyconcerned with is the relationship between the analysis of theformal properties of text and the significance that is assigned tothem in discourse interpretation. Widdowson explores thisrelationship and introduces the notion of pretext as an additionalfactor in the general interpretative process. He also focusesattention specifically on the work of critical discourse analysis(CDA) in the light of the issues discussed.


The result is a stimulating volume that makes explicit thedistinctions between the key concepts of text and discourse, andbetween context, co-text and pretext. It shows how these arerelated and can provide a theoretical frame of reference for thecritical evaluation of current issues in discourse analysis.

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