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September 2020
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Discourse studies, the study of the ways in which language is used in texts and contexts, is a fast-moving and increasingly diverse field. With contributions from leading and upcoming scholars from across the world, and covering cutting-edge research, this Handbook offers an up-to-date survey of Discourse Studies. It is organized according to perspectives and areas of engagement, with each chapter providing an overview of the historical development of its topic, the main current issues, debates and synergies, and future directions. The Handbook presents new perspectives on well-established themes such as narrative, conversation-analytic and cognitive approaches to discourse, while also embracing a range of up-to-the-minute topics from post-humanism to digital surveillance, recent methodological orientations such as linguistic landscapes and multimodal discourse analysis, and new fields of engagement such as discourses on race, religion and money.


‘Bringing together an impressive cast of both experienced and new international scholars, this exciting multidisciplinary handbook presents a large, comprehensive and stimulating range of topics at the cutting edge of research, challenging the conventional wisdom and providing a refreshing source of new ideas for all discourse analysts.’

Janet Holmes - Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington

‘In this timely and thoughtful collection, De Fina and Georgakopoulou have achieved the remarkable feat of bringing Discourse Studies up to date with a range of innovative chapters on new and current topics. This is a perfect entry point for new students of Discourse and an indispensable book for advanced researchers.’

Adam Jaworski - University of Hong Kong

‘The Cambridge Handbook of Discourse Studies truly captures what it means to study discourse in the 21st century.’

Veronika Koller - Lancaster University

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