Critical Discourse Studies

A critical approach to the study of language and communication

Authored by: Bernhard Forchtner , Ruth Wodak

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138779167
eBook ISBN: 9781315183718
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The theoretical frameworks reviewed in this first section have all pointed to the relevance of language and semiosis in the way politics is not only performed, but also conceptualised. Here, we add to this endeavour by introducing another, more recent way of approaching the nexus of language, discourse and politics and discussing the burgeoning field of Critical Discourse Studies (CDS, also known as Critical Discourse Analysis, CDA; see Flowerdew & Richardson 2017; Wodak & Meyer 2015 for a comprehensive overview). More specifically, we reflect on how CDS has drawn on a variety of theoretical approaches and utilised them in empirical research. In this chapter, we thus present research conducted within the framework of CDS, which deals with political issues of various kinds, exploring how it draws on a range of theories in its multi-, inter-, trans- or post-disciplinary empirical work. 1

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