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Critical Discourse Analysis and Language Cognition - Kieran O'Halloran

Critical Discourse Analysis and Language Cognition

Paperback Published: 18th November 2003
ISBN: 9780748618286
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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An interdisciplinary study of issues of language manipulation, this book explores the interpretation stage of critical discourse analysis (CDA) for students in areas such as English language, media studies and applied linguistics, as well as practitioners in the field. It also offers a new way forward for highlighting manipulative language, accomplishing this through the innovation of a model of reading for gist. The model is an original synthesis of elements from four contemporary cognitive frameworks: connectionism, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistic evidence on inference generation, and relevance theory. Significantly, Kieran O'Halloran also shows how each of these frameworks challenges current notions of cognition in CDA and he carefully works through the implications of this for how CDA highlights manipulative language.


* shows clearly how more systematic and reliable prediction can be made as to whether a news text is likely to manipulate someone reading for gist

* provides accessible outlines of connectionism, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistic research on inference generation, relevance theory, which assume no previous knowledge

* brings together contemporary linguistic and cognitive approaches which usually do not communicate

*provides a useful overview of how language cognition is understood in CDA, revealing tensions in this understanding.

In offering novel criticism of some key aspects of CDA and in suggesting ways in which critical analyses of news texts can be improved, this book is likely to be both topical and controversial.

The Interpretation Stage
In CDA CDA and Manipulative News Text Symbolicism
The Symbolicism of CDA
Newer Approaches To Language Cognition: Implications For CDA
Connectionism Cognitive Linguistics
Evidence for Inference Generation
The Idealised Reader Framework
Constructing the Idealised Reader: Compatibilities between Connectionism, Cognitive Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
Further Constructing the Idealised Reader: Compatibilities with Relevance
Theory Detecting News
Text Likely to Mystify in Reading for Gist
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ISBN: 9780748618286
ISBN-10: 0748618287
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th November 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43

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