Analysing Power in Language introduces students to a range of analytical techniques for the critical study of texts.Each section of the book provides an in-depth presentation of a different method of analysis with worked examples and texts for students to analyse and discuss. Answer keys are also provided for the analyses.
Taking text analysis as the first step in discourse analysis, Analysing Power in Language:

  • Explores the relationship between the goals of discourse, the social positions of the speakers, the contexts in which they are produced, the audience for which they are intended and the language features chosen
  • Presents a powerful approach to text analysis that reveals the links between language usage and a community’s assumptions, convictions, and understandings
  • Identifies a range of power types, appropriate to different contexts
  • Explains and illustrates a social approach to text analysis with important linguistic concepts woven in seamlessly with examples of discourse
  • Offers concrete guidance in text and discourse analysis with carefully crafted examples and fully illustrated explanations.

Incisive and thought-provoking yet also accessible, Analysing Power in Language will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate, postgraduate and research students studying discourse analysis.

chapter 1|15 pages

Texts as gateways to discourse analysis

chapter 2|28 pages

Ploughing a field (or two)

chapter 5|26 pages

Textual meaning: the speaker as weaver

chapter 6|13 pages

Space, time and chunks of text

chapter 7|12 pages

Voice and hybridity