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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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IV. Multidisciplinary work on discourse. Examples of a “way of doing” discourse analysis - Alice KRIEG-PLANQUE 59

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59 Chapter IV Multidisciplinary work on discourse. Examples of a “way of doing” discourse analysis Alice KRIEG-PLANQUE There are different ways of embarking on discourse analysis. In these pages, I would like to present one of the multiple “ways of doing” it, among those which place the emphasis on multidisciplinarity while maintaining discourse as the object of research. Work I have already published, based on very concrete studies of corpus, will serve to illustrate this strategy. Indeed, a feature of this work is the diversity of methods and types of knowledge that it implies: formulated in a schematic fashion, it involves describing corpora using categories stemming from linguistics and discourse analysis, and interpreting them in the light of various other disciplines, such as political sci- ence, history, sociology, anthropology and political philosophy. The research objectives justify such an approach, since they are concerned first and foremost with analysing discourse as a product of the real social and political world. Specific nature of the approach: to break down barriers and make connections between points of interdiscourse The reader will find here both a summary and a proposal – and they both exemplify an approach to discourse analysis that can quickly be placed in context in relation to others. In an article devoted to an 60 epistemological panorama of discourse analysis, Dominique Maingue- neau [2005] places my approach among those which: – give priority to “non-topical units”, constructed by the researcher independently of pre-established boundaries and grouping to- gether utterances which are strongly embedded...

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