Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Dijk, Teun A. van, 1943-

Title Society and discourse : how social contexts influence text and talk / Teun A. van Dijk
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central (owned titles)    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (x, 287 pages)
Contents Preface vii -- 1. Introduction 1 -- 2. Context and social cognition 29 -- 3. Context, situation and society 86 -- 4. Context and culture 154 -- 5. Context and politics: the Iraq debate in the British parliament 213 -- 6. Conclusions 248 -- References 256 -- Subject index 278 -- Author index 283
Summary "Van Dijk presents a new theory of context that explains how text and talk are adapted to their social environment. He argues that instead of the usual direct relationship being established between society and discourse, this influence is indirect and depends on how language users themselves 'define' the communicative situation. The new concept van Dijk introduces for such definitions is that of context models. These models control all language production and understanding and explain how discourse is made appropriate in each situation. They are the missing link between language and society so far ignored in pragmatics and sociolinguistics. In this interdisciplinary book, the new theory of context is developed by examining the analysis of the structure of social situations in social psychology and sociology and their cultural variation in anthropology. The theory is applied to the domain of politics, including the debate about the war in Iraq, where political leaders' speeches serve as a case study for detailed contextual analysis."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-277) and indexes
Subject Context (Linguistics)
Discourse analysis -- Social aspects.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Language.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511508174 (electronic bk.)
9780511508172 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ; alk. paper)
(hardback ; alk. paper)