Understanding “Discourse Analysis”

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The term Discourse Analysis has come to be used with a wide range of meanings which cover a wide range of activities. It is used to describe activities at the intersection of disciplines as diverse as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, philosophical linguistics and computational linguistics. Scholars working centrally in these different disciplines tend to concentrate on different aspects of discourse. Sociolinguistics are particularly concerned with the structure of social interaction manifested in conversation with generalizing across ‘real’ instances of language in use, and typically work with transcribed spoken data.


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Deepika. “Understanding ‘Discourse Analysis’”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 1, no. 2, June 2016, pp. 48-51, https://www.thecreativelauncher.com/index.php/tcl/article/view/374.


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