Shelves: language I have mixed feelings about this book. One of the things that is particularly good about it is that at the end of each chapter there is a list of books that you might want to read to get more information on what youve just read but not just a list, a kind of blurb too. This is a really nice idea. There are also exercises to apply some of what you have learnt and that is nice too. The problem is that within the chapters themselves the examples used are often remarkably crap well, at least, I I have mixed feelings about this book. There are also exercises to apply some of what you have learnt — and that is nice too.
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For the student, Paltridge is clear, comprehensive and - above all - lively and approachable. For the teacher, Paltridge provides unparalleled practical support: a perfectly-structured, semester-long curriculum, exercises, project topics, and teaching materials on the companion website. No-one could ask for more. A comprehensive contribution to the educational literature on discourse analysis, the book is equally appealing to beginners and experienced discourse analysts.
In this updated volume, the author not only draws on a wealth of textual examples but also expands the view of discourse as constructed by how words combine with other modalities. This volume is sure to appeal to anyone who wishes to advance their understanding and study of discourse in different contexts. Exceptionally, the volume strikes an excellent balance between both spoken and written discourses, as well as between theoretical and applied studies. The coverage of previous work is comprehensive, but many of the copious illustrations are drawn from lively contemporary texts that will appeal to readers.
Further, each of the seven central chapters is rounded off with the discussion questions, suggestions for data analysis projects, and directions for further reading. Finally, the the writing is lively and accessible. There is every prospect then that Paltridge will become a standard text for undergraduates and graduates studying discourse analysis for the first time.
Core concepts are clearly defined and exemplified. I predict that this will prove an invaluable textbook for courses in Discourse Analysis both at senior undergraduate level and for graduate courses.
The stimulating discussion questions and the suggestions for projects and further reading make it particularly attractive to teachers. Each chapter thoroughly explores methodological and theoretical premises of discourse analytic approaches, tracing their evolution and developments, and giving priority to the current trends Though the subtitle labels it an introduction to discourse analysis, the pages of the book provide simple yet shrewd coverage.
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