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12 Critical Discourse Analysis

Ruth Wodak

In this chapter, I first attempt to provide an overview of some important approaches to critical discourse analysis, as well as a methodology for analysing data from a CD A perspective. Specifically, I will focus on central concepts and terms and present a short summary of the historical development of critical discourse analysis. Owing to problems of space, it will be impossible to illustrate all the different approaches with concrete examples; I will have to refer readers to other research and references where examples are elaborated and discussed. 1 Secondly, I will exemplify important dimensions of our own theory and methodology, the ‘discourse-historical approach’, and discuss some of the most important issues of applying CDA to specific research questions and text analysis. 2 The terms ‘critical linguistics’ (CL) and ‘critical discourse analysis’ (CDA) are often used interchangeably. In fact, recently the term CDA seems to have been preferred and is ...

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