Table of Contents

Introduction to Discourse Studies; Title page; LCC page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; Part I. General orientation; 2 Communication as action; 3 Discourse in communication; Part II. Backpacking for a scientific journey; 4 Discourse types; 5 Structured content; 6 Discourse connections; 7 Contextual phenomena; 8 Style; Part III. Special modes of communication; 9 Conversation analysis; 10 Informative discourse; 11 Narratives; 12 Argumentation and persuasion; Part IV. Special interests; 13 Discourse and cognition; 14 Discourse and institution; 15 Discourse and culture. Introduction to Discourse Studies follows on Jan Renkema's successful Discourse Studies: An Introductory Textbook (1993), published in four languages. This new book deals with even more key concepts in discourse studies and approaches major issues in this field from the Anglo-American and European as well as the Australian traditions. It provides a 'scientific toolkit' for future courses on discourse studies and serves as a stepping stone to the independent study of professional literature. Introduction to Discourse Studies is the result of more than twenty-five years of experience gained in do.