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Issue Brief: Critical Discourse Analysis

Tom Huckin

University of Utah     


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

Discourse & Communication

Critical Discourse Studies

Discurso & Sociedad

Journal of Language and Politic

Relevant Organizations

ALED (Asociacion Latino-Americana de Estudios del Discurso

Language, Ideology, and Power Research Group

Relevant Web Sites                                      

Discourse in Society

Centro de Estudios del Discurso

Relevant Email Discussion Lists

Critics-L list


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