"Drawing largely on her own extensive research that spans the last three decades, Professor Britt-Louise Gunnarsson has produced an account of professional discourse in contemporary Europe that is fresh, lucid and uncluttered. Many readers will be particularly interested in the latter chapters exploring the increasing role of discourse in organizations. Students of professional communications will also find many valuable methodological insights in this important volume." - John M. Swales, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, The University of Michigan, USA.
Professional Discourse gives a broad and multifaceted perspective on discourse in the professions. For each of these professions, the book explores the dual relationship between discourse and context, outlining how professional discourse is continuously reconstructed in relation to changing contextual frameworks. The case studies discussed in the book are based on authentic texts and spoken data, collected within different environments and related to different domains. The book includes discussion of both theory and methodology, thus providing tools for exercises and future studies. The reader is introduced to a variety of analytical approaches, that of text linguistics, pragmatics, genre studies, sociolinguistics, interactional sociolinguistics and sociology, psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. The book gives theoretically grounded and systematically investigated answers to questions of relevance for advanced learners, practitioners and academic scholars.