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Society and Discourse How Social Contexts Influence Text and Talk

by Teun A. van Dijk

Society and Discourse How Social Contexts Influence Text and Talk Synopsis

After his earlier book Discourse and Context, also published by Cambridge University Press, Teun A. van Dijk in this study presents the second part of his multidisciplinary theory of context. The main thesis of this theory is that the influence of society on discourse is not direct, as is postulated for instance in sociolinguistics, but cognitively mediated by subjective mental models of the communicative situation: context models. These dynamic models control discourse production and comprehension and define the pragmatic appropriateness of text and talk. Whereas in Discourse and Context the psychological and linguistic aspects of context were analyzed, this book focuses on the social psychological, sociological, anthropological and political aspects of context. Tony Blair's 2003 speech defending his motion to go to war against Saddam Hussein and the following debate in parliament is used as an example illustrating the new theory.

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ISBN: 9781107407107
Publication date: 30th August 2012
Author: Teun A. van Dijk
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 298 pages
Categories: linguistics, Sociology,

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