Two Complementary Approaches to Discourse Analysis

Gary D. Prideaux


Two broad approaches to the study of discourse analysis are compared and contrasted, one deriving primarily from issues based in sociolinguistics and the other deriving from the concerns of psycholinguistics and cognitive science. The general concerns governing each are sketched, along with relevant examples illustrating the types of problems each deals with. It is suggested that while the two approaches can
be viewed as generally complementing each other rather than being in conflict, there are areas of potential overlap and intersection

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