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Language Use in the Public Sphere

Methodological Perspectives and Empirical Applications

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Edited By Inés Olza Moreno, Óscar Loureda Lamas and Manuel Casado

This book comprises a range of general discussions on tradition and innovation in the methodology used in discourse studies (Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Argumentation Theory, Rhetoric, Philosophy) and a number of empirical applications of such methodologies in the analysis of actual instances of language use in the public sphere – in particular, discourses arising in the context of the debate on the presence of religious symbols in public places.
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New Perspectives in Text Analysis: Introducing an Integrated Model of Text Linguistics: Óscar Loureda

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ÓSCAR LOUREDA

New Perspectives in Text Analysis: Introducing an Integrated Model of Text Linguistics1

The primary purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of current research in the field of text analysis, setting out various modes and lines of inquiry. At the same time, however, a comprehensive model of text linguistics is also proposed, an account that is both integral and homogenous, not only in terms of research topic, but also as regards theoretical principles and methodological approach.

Keywords: Discourse; Text linguistics; Pragmatics; Discourse analysis.

Introduction

It may be fitting to begin with an acknowledgement that the title of this chapter is not as convincing as it once seemed. At first, it appeared both expressive and clear, particularly apt for a contribution to a book for an academic readership on new approaches and arguments concerning discourse analysis. Nevertheless, seen in a later light, the title leaves significant margin of error, does not read as especially original, and would appear to promise more than it can deliver. The use of the word “introducing” in the subtitle is not felicitous because it may imply that the phrase is tentative or that the field of inquiry is a recent one, although that is clearly not the case. Nor, indeed, is the title original: so many “introductions” to “text linguistics” (or whatever term is used to denote the study of text) have already been written that it is difficult to see the...

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