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The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society

The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society (Hardback)

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"The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society" is designed to introduce students at the tertiary level to both Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. It is aimed at developing critical analytical skills by rooting analysis in SFL methodology so that students can tackle a wide range of discourse types. By connecting SFL and CDA, and by explicitly introducing a solid theoretical foundation in SFL, the critical analyses in the book are not only well grounded but transparent. Each chapter in the volume builds a methodological foundation for the development of critical discourse analytical skills. SFL provides novice analysts with a rich set of resources for CDA and equips them to better reflect on what language is doing and why. "The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society" offers explanations along with a wide range of sample analyses to illustrate theory and provide applications of the methodologies introduced in each chapter. Students not only learn by studying a number of analyses but carry out their own analytical work on other samples, thus gaining experience in critical analysis.

Each chapter also includes examples of analyses by well known researchers so that novice analysts become familiar with various approaches to analysis. The book should be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in both SFL and CDA.

Lynne Young is an Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her past research has focused primarily on discourse analysis within the model of Systemic Functional Grammar, an area in which she has published a book and several articles. More recently she has been working in the field of critical discourse analysis, using the SFL model to examine issues of racism in the Canadian media. She has also been investigating the discursive role of social change in governmental institutions. Brigid Fitzgerald is a curriculum designer, materials writer and language training consultant. She has published a number of textbooks in the areas of English for academic purposes, general English, and workplace communication. She currently teaches English workplace writing on-line for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute.

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