Uta Papen

12. Discourse analysis and ethnographic fieldwork

Abstract: Discourse analysts commonly focus their attention on one or more (spoken or written) texts and their identifiable features, such as their grammar or lexis. They have, however, always maintained that language needs to be studied in context, as social practice, and this has always put discourse analysts in proximity with ethnographers and their focus on culture and everyday social life. This chapter examines research into discourse that combines a more text-focused approach, as developed by linguists, with ethnographic methods that allow researchers to understand text production and text use in specific contexts. Beginning with brief definitions of discourse analysis, critical ...

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