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Issue Brief: Critical Discourse Analysis

Tom Huckin

University of Utah

tomhuckin@comcast.net     

 

Critical discourse analysis (aka critical discourse studies) is an outgrowth of critical linguistics that emerged in the early 1990’s under the guidance of Teun van Dijk, Norman Fairclough, Ruth Wodak, and other European scholars.  It constitutes a multidisciplinary approach that combines linguistic analysis, social theory, rhetorical analysis, and other tools to expose various forms of manipulation in public discourse.  Relying mainly on qualitative methods, CDA is a context-sensitive form of text analysis that takes an explicit ethical stance against social injustice, discrimination, and other discourse-enabled abuses of power.

Leading Journals

Discourse & Society  http://das.sagepub.com

Discourse & Communication  http://dcm.sagepub.com

Critical Discourse Studies  http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17405904.asp

Discurso & Sociedad  http://www.dissoc.org

Journal of Language and Politic  http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_seriesview.cgi?series=JLP

Relevant Organizations

ALED (Asociacion Latino-Americana de Estudios del Discurso http://www.portalaled.com/

Language, Ideology, and Power Research Group  http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/groups/lip/index.htm

Relevant Web Sites                                      

Discourse in Society  http://www.discourses.org

Centro de Estudios del Discurso  http://www.discurs.org

Relevant Email Discussion Lists

Critics-L list  http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A0=critics-l&D=0&F=&H=0&O=T&S=&T=0

DISCOURS  http://www-english.tamu.edu/ds/discours.html

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