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Title: Society and Discourse
Subtitle: How Social Contexts Influence Text and Talk
Written By: Teun A van Dijk

Van Dijk presents a new theory of context that explains how text and talk
are adapted to their social environment. He argues that instead of the
usual direct relationship being established between society and discourse,
this influence is indirect and depends on how language users themselves
'define' the communicative situation. The new concept Van Dijk introduces
for such definitions is that of context models. These models control all
language production and understanding and explain how discourse is made
appropriate in each situation. They are the missing link between language
and society so far ignored in pragmatics and sociolinguistics. In this
interdisciplinary book, the new theory of context is developed from a
linguistic and psychological perspective. The theory is applied to the
domain of politics, including the debate about the war in Iraq, where
political leaders' speeches serve as a case study for detailed contextual

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521516900
ISBN-13: 9780521516907
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00
U.S. $ 99.00