Discourse Analysis

A Resource Book for Students

By Rodney H. Jones

Routledge – 2012 – 238 pages

Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

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Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings—all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two dimensional’ stricture is built around four sections—introduction, development, exploration and extension—which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. Each book in the series has a companion website with extra resources for teachers, lecturers and students.

Discourse Analysis:

  • Provides an accessible introduction and comprehensive overview of the major approaches and methodological tools used in discourse analysis
  • Introduces both traditional perspectives on the analysis of texts and spoken discourse as well as more recent approaches that address technologically mediated and multimodal discourse.
  • Incorporates practical examples using real data from conversational interaction, ceremonial vows, dating adverts, social media such as facebook, blogs and msn, films such as When Harry Met Sally, popular music lyrics and newspaper articles on areas as diverse as international political incidents and Lady Gaga.
  • Includes key readings from leading scholars in the field, such as James Paul Gee, Michael Halliday, Henry G. Widdowson, Dell Hymes, Harvey Sacks and Ron Scollon
  • Offers a wide range of activities, questions and points for further discussion
  • Is supported by a companion website featuring extra activities, additional guidance, useful links and multimedia examples including sound files, YouTube and videos.

This title will be essential reading for students undertaking research within the areas of English Language, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.


'In crystal clear, lively style, this book introduces an astonishing and welcome breadth of key concepts and topics in Discourse Analysis from the foundational to contemporary. Perfectly pitched for the beginning student, in this flawlessly structured text, Rodney Jones provides the reader with key terms, overview of the main approaches, an effective toolkit for independent work, and a great selection of primary readings. All this is illustrated with a wide range of contemporary, multimodal and, yes, fun examples. Adopt this textbook, appropriate Jones’ erudition and elegance, dazzle your students and your course evaluations will soar.' - Adam Jaworski, University of Cardiff, UK

'This is a beautifully engaging text which will no doubt become a primary source for students and teachers of discourse analysis. Written in a highly accessible style with ample additional online content, Jones artfully draws the reader into and across the various sections, enhancing their interest to explore discourse analysis from various angles. The possibility to begin the exploration of approaches from any section in the book will allow its use in the broadest range of classes, leaving the structure of the course to the lecturer and the interests of the students.' - Sigrid Norris, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

'Not just a reference book for students, it is also a useful book for university teachers and researchers who are pursuing discourse studies… a fascinating book. It is really worthy of reading and studying." - LINGUIST List


A Introduction: Key Topics in the Study of Discourse Analysis 1. What is Discourse Analysis? 2. Texts and Texture 3. Texts and Their Social Functions 4. Discourse and Ideology 5. Spoken Discourse 6. Strategic Interaction 7. Context, Culture and Communication 8. Mediated Discourse Analysis 9. Multimodal Discourse Analysis 10. Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis B Development: Approaches to Discourse Analysis 1. Three Ways of Looking at Discourse 2. Cohesion and Coherence 3. All the Right Moves 4. Constructing Reality 5. The Texture of Talk 6. Negotiating Relationships and Activities 7. The SPEAKING Model 8. Mediation 9. Modes, Meaning and Action 10. Procedures for Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis C Exploration: Analyzing Discourse 1. Doing Discourse Analysis: First Steps 2. Analyzing Texture 3. Analyzing Genres 4. Other People’s Voices 5. Analyzing Speech Acts 6. Analyzing Conversational Strategies 7. Analyzing Contexts 8. Doing Mediated Discourse Analysis 9. Doing Multimodal Discourse Analysis 10. Analyzing Corpora D Extension: Readings in discourse analysis 1. The Three Perspectives Revisited (Zellig Harris; Henry G. Widdowson; James Paul Gee) 2. Two Perspectives on tTxture (Michael A. K. Halliday and Ruqaiya Hasan; David Rumelhart) 3. Genres, Discourse Communities and Power (John Swales, Vijay K. Bhatia) 4. Ideologies in Discourse (Norman Fairclough; James Paul Gee) 5. Two Perspectives on Conversation (John L. Austin; Emanuel A. Schegloff and Harvey Sacks) 6. Frames in Interaction (Deborah Tannen and Cynthia Wallat) 7. The Ethnography of Communication (Dell Hymes; Muriel Saville-Troike) 8. Discourse and Action (Ron Scollon) 9. Two Perspectives on Multimodality (Gunther Kress, and Theo van Leeuwen; Sigrid Norris) 10. Finding ‘Discourses’ with Corpus-Assisted Analysis (Paul Baker, and Tony McEnery)


This website is intended to supplement Discourse Analysis: A resource book for students. Here you will find additional readings, explanations and activities for each unit, along with links to valuable resources elsewhere on the World Wide Web. These materials are meant to deepen and broaden your understanding of the concepts discussed in the book and to give you additional practice in applying these concepts to real life communication. If you have feedback, comments or questions about these materials, please feel free to contact me at enrodney@cityu.edu.hk.