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By Norman Fairclough

ISBN-10: 0415258928

ISBN-13: 9780415258920

ISBN-10: 0415258936

ISBN-13: 9780415258937

Analysing Discourse is an obtainable introductory textbook for all scholars and researchers operating with genuine language data.

Drawing on various social theorists from Bourdieu to Habermas, in addition to his personal study, Norman Fairclough's booklet offers a kind of language research with a regularly social standpoint. His strategy is illustrated by way of and investigated via quite a number genuine texts, from written texts, to a television debate in regards to the monarchy and a radio broadcast in regards to the Lockerbie bombing. The student-friendly e-book additionally bargains obtainable summaries, an appendix of instance texts, and a word list of phrases and key theorists.

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Apart from the recorded statement by the Libyan Foreign Minister, reported speech and thought are indirect. A superficial measure of `balance' might appear quite positive: the voice of the Libyan government is as prominent as the voice of western governments. Yet if we look at the text in terms of recontextualization, and in particular in terms of ((53)) how the different voices are textured together in the text, the report seems more problematic, and less favourable to the Libyan government. One issue is 'framing': when the voice of another is incorporated into a text, there are always choices about how to `frame' it, how to contextualize it, in terms of other parts of the text — about relations between report and authorial account.

Of course, calling for a better understanding of why people resort to terrorism does not imply, and did not imply for critics of the policies of Bush and Blair at the time, that terrorism is justified so long as the causes are sufficiently compelling. When the speech or writing or thought of another is reported, two different texts, two different voices, are brought into dialogue, and potentially two different perspectives, objectives, interests and so forth (Volosinov 1973). There is always likely to be a tension between what is going on in the reporting text, including the ((49)) work which the reporting of other texts is doing within that text, and what was going on in the reported text.

Since it is likely that most of the information came from the interviews, one might wonder what dictates its distribution between authorial account, direct report, and indirect report. The answer would seem to be: genre. This text is `mixed' in terms of genre, as I pointed out in chapter 2, but its intertextuality is typical of press reports. The pattern is an alternation between authorial accounts and indirect reports, backed up or substantiated with direct quotations. Even if, as seems likely in this case, all the information about the town emanates from other voices, the genre of press report favours this distribution of information between the authorial voice and attributed voices.

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