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Critical Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis

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Publication date31/10/2022
Host publicationHandbook of Pragmatics : Manual
EditorsJef Verschueren, Jan Östman
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages18
Edition2nd ed.
ISBN (Electronic)9789027257680
ISBN (Print)9789027211323
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameHandbook of Pragmatics
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)1877-9611


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.