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Discourse Analysis

An Introduction

Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Dionysis Goutsos

Edition: 2


A clear and lively introduction to current trends in the theory, method and tools of discourse studies, this book is a valuable guide for students and teachers of linguistics as well as for those with an interest in the linguistic methods of analysing discourse (media, rhetoric and stylistics, pragmatics, communication studies scholars etc).

  • Comprehensive, accessible, state-of-the-art textbook
  • Close analyses of a wide range of narrative and non-narrative texts, both spoken and written
  • Emphasis on practical text analysis: includes guided activities for self-study or use in a classroom
  • Suggestions for further reading in each chapter.

    This revised second edition registers key changes in a rapidly expanding area and thoroughly updates suggestions for further reading and the bibliography.

  • Contents

    1. The Study of Discourse
    2. The Modes of Discourse
    3. Discourse Units and Relations
    4. Discourse Organisation
    5. Structure and Functions
    6. Narrative and Non-narrative in Interaction
    7. Emerging Perspectives on Discourse

    About the Author

    Alexandra Georgakopoulou is Reader in Modern Greek language and linguistics at King’s College London.

    Dionysis Goutsos is Assistant Professor in text linguistics at the University of Athens.


    Characterised by in-depth discussions of theoretical issues, accompanied by profound practical analyses of authentic data ... a guide to the analysis of narrative and non-narrative authentic texts that combines a structure-oriented and a function-oriented viewpoint.
    - Wolfram Bublitz, University of Augsburg
    A scholarly and ambitious work, which attempts to integrate insights from many theoretical positions on discourse - all the gurus are there ...The reader activities should be of considerable interest to all teachers and students in the field of discourse studies. The texts are immensely diverse, ranging from plot summaries to NYPD Blue, to excerpts from books by Stephen Hawking and Peter Hoeg, to comments by Sviatoslav Richter.
    - Jenny Miller, University of Queensland