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Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads

Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Genre Issues in the Discipline


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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Approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis in interaction: Analyzing the political transformation in Kosovo with CDA methods and tools (Sahadete Limani-Beqa)


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Sahadete Limani-Beqa

University of Prishtina, Kosovo

Approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis in interaction: Analyzing the political transformation in Kosovo with CDA methods and tools

Abstract: This article presents a research design developed for analyzing political transformation in Kosovo with the methods and tools of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). The model that I developed for the purpose of the research is a combination of different complementary approaches of Critical Discourse Analysis. It aims to provide a sample that is representative enough to generalize the results of the study, and, based on the existing research designs of different CDA approaches, to develop a hierarchy of categories, primarily of linguistic nature, needed to describe political discourse in the said context.

1. Introduction

This paper describes the methodology used in the research project entitled The process of political transformation and language use in Kosovo during the period 1999–2005. A Critical Discourse Analysis. The research was carried out by the author of this paper during the years 2008–2009 in Kosovo.1

The research was conducted by combining different approaches complementary to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), such as the dialectical-relational approach, (e.g. Fairclough, 1992, 1995, 2005; Mautner, 2000, 2009); the discourse-historical approach (e.g. Wodak, de Cillia, Reisigl & Liebhart, 1999; Jäger, 2001, 2012) and the socio-cognitive approach (e.g. van Dijk, 2001, 2009; Chilton, 2004), which share theoretical foundations (in particular the focus on the relations between language, power, ideology...

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