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Discourse Analysis and Human and Social Sciences

Edited By Simone Bonnafous and Malika Temmar

What is the relationship between discourse analysis and its more recent companion disciplines such as sociology, political science and information and communication sciences, at their point of convergence between the symbolic and the social? How are relationships evolving between discourse analysis and disciplines like the literary studies, psychoanalysis and philosophy, which have been the constant companions of linguistics as these emerged and developed? What is the place and role of discourse analysis in Europe? These are some of the themes dealt with in this book. A team effort on the part of Centre d’Etude des Discours, Images, Texte, Ecrits, Communication (Céditec EA 3119), it aims not to present another view of the history and concepts of discourse analysis, but to encourage thinking and debate on interdisciplinary practices.

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II. Discourse analysis and information and communication sciences: beyond corpora and methods - Claire OGER 25

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Chapter II Discourse analysis and information and communication sciences: beyond corpora and methods1 Claire OGER The meeting between discourse analysis (DA) and information and communication sciences (ICS) has long been delayed by the respec- tive directions in which each discipline has developed. However, it now appears to be a fait accompli, as testified by the growth of re- search in media discourse analysis, the existence of “mixed” research teams, and the interest shown in both these research fields by jour- nals such as Etudes de communication (Université de Lille III), Com- munication (Université Laval, Quebec), Questions de communica- tion (Université de Metz) or Mots. Les langages du politique (ENS Editions). Nevertheless, working regularly with teachers and re- searchers of ICS sometimes gives discourse analysts the impression that this interdisciplinary contact is viewed on both sides in a reductionist way, and even that it is based on misunderstandings. My intention here is to briefly recall the conditions under which the two disciplines have come together and refer to the viewpoint which appears to me to be reductionist, after which I will propose two examples which indicate more profitable ways of working to- gether. 1 This chapter is based on a paper given at the conference “Sciences du Langage et Sciences de l’Homme” organised by the Association des Sciences du Langage, 10 December 2005, École Normale Supérieure, Paris. It has been further de- veloped thanks to exchanges with Alice Krieg-Planque and the other members of Céditec. 26 Claire Oger An...

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