Discourse, gender and professional communication

Authored by: Louise Mullany

The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415551076
eBook ISBN: 9780203809068
Adobe ISBN: 9781136672927


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Research investigating the interplay between discourse, gender and professional communication has grown rapidly over the last decade in a wide range of geographical locations. Professional communication is defined here as spoken and written communication, including all electronic forms, that takes place with at least one person occupying a professional role. Following Gunnarsson (2009: 5), ‘professional’ is defined in general terms as ‘paid-work related’, and therefore applies equally to skilled/non-skilled workers and to white-collar/blue-collar workers. 1 Professional communication should thus be viewed as an overarching category, which incorporates more specific terms in discourse analysis research within its definition. This includes work-place discourse (Koester, 2010), business discourse (Bargiela-Chiappini et al., 2007) and institutional discourse (Sarangi and Roberts, 1999).

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