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Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads

Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Genre Issues in the Discipline

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Edited By Karolina Bros and Grzegorz Kowalski

The volume brings together papers emerging from the GlobE conference (University of Warsaw). The authors explore major topics in Discourse Studies, offering insights into the field’s theoretical foundations and discussing the results of its empirical applications. The book integrates different lines of research in Discourse Studies as undertaken at academic centres Europe-wide and beyond. In this diversity, the editors identify certain dominant lines of study, including (new) media discourse, political discourse in the age of social/digital media, or professional discourse in globalized workplace contexts. At the same time, the volume shows that Discourse Studies not only investigate emerging language phenomena, but also critically reassess research issues formerly addressed.

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Discourse Studies and Media Studies: Crossing disciplinary boundaries? (Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska)

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Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

University of Opole, Poland

Discourse Studies and Media Studies: Crossing disciplinary boundaries?

Abstract: This paper explores some of the correspondences, as well as contested points, between the discipline of Discourse Studies, which originates with linguistics and text analysis, and the discipline of Media Studies, which belongs to the domain of social sciences within communication studies. The main divergences with regard to production and reception of mediated texts, and the locus of meaning in mediated texts are presented. The implications of the often repeated postulate for crossing disciplinary boundaries are discussed. To illustrate this point I provide excerpts from abstracts of the papers recently published in the interdisciplinary journal Discourse & Communication to show how their authors position themselves with respect to those two disciplines. The results indicate that to negotiate a claim to interdisciplinarity successfully, linguists tend to invoke well-established production frameworks, correlate textual meanings with social phenomena, or rely on reception studies. Meanwhile, it is shown that projecting interdisciplinarity by drawing on concepts and integrating methods from concurrent fields, or presuming specific media effects of the studied texts, constitute rhetorical manoeuvers rather than actual cross-disciplinary research perspectives.

1. Introduction

Over the last four decades Discourse Studies has evolved into a diverse and accommodating field, where interdisciplinarity is encouraged, as it gives Discourse Studies an advantage over traditional approaches, which are less adequate to the purposes of investigation of many disparate practices within human communication....

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