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By James Paul Gee

Assuming no previous wisdom of linguistics, Gee offers either a conception of language-in-use, in addition to a style of analysis. this system is made of a suite of instruments of enquiry and methods for utilizing them. views from a number of techniques and disciplines, together with utilized linguistics, schooling, psychology, anthropology, and communique, are included to assist scholars and students more than a few backgrounds formulate their very own perspectives on discourse analysis.

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I should hope, if I ever did that to see you, you would shoot the guy. He uses her and he says he loves her. Roger never lies, you know what I mean? It was clear – even to Jane – that she had used two very different forms of language. The differences between Jane’s two social languages are everywhere apparent in the two texts. To her parents, she carefully hedges her claims (“I don’t know,” “it seemed to me”); to her boyfriend, she makes her claims straight out. ” She also uses more formal sentence structure to her parents (“it seemed to me that .

2. controversy, that is, “sides” we can identify as constituting a debate (Billig 1987); values and ways of thinking connected to the debate; and Discourses and social languages 3. 35 the “symbolic” value of objects and institutions that are what we might call non-verbal participants in the Conversation (Latour 1987). Let me give you an example of what I am trying to get at here. It is fashionable today for businesses to announce (in “mission statements”) their “core values” in an attempt to create a particular company “culture” (Collins and Porras 1994, examples below are from pp.

This fact is due to the grammar (in the grammar one sense) of the sentence. The subject of sentence 1 (“Lung cancer death rates”) is a “nominalization” made up of a compound noun. Nominalizations are like trash compactors: they allow one to take a lot of information – indeed, a whole sentence’s worth of information – and compact it into a compound word or a phrase. One can then insert this compacted information into another sentence (thereby making bigger and bigger sentences). The trouble is this: once one has made the compacted item (the nominalization), it is hard to tell what information exactly went into it.

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