Critical Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis

Wodak, Ruth (2022) Critical Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. In: Handbook of Pragmatics : Manual. Handbook of Pragmatics (2nd ed). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 426-443. ISBN 9789027211323 (In Press)

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The terms Critical Linguistics (CL) and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) have been frequently used interchangeably. The roots of CDA lie in classical Rhetoric, Text linguistics and Sociolinguistics, as well as in Applied Linguistics and Pragmatics. Deconstructing the label of this research program entails that we have to define what CDA means when employing the terms “critical” and “discourse”. It is necessary to stress that CDA has never been and has never attempted to be or to provide one single or specific theory. Neither is one specific methodology characteristic of research in CDA. Quite the contrary; studies in CDA are multifarious, derived from quite different theoretical backgrounds, oriented towards different data and methodologies. Researchers in CDA also rely on a variety of grammatical approaches. The definitions of the terms “discourse”, “critical”, “ideology”, “power” and so on are also manifold.

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