Contemporary Orientations in Discourse Studies

  • Mohamed Douifi
Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)


This chapter sheds light on contemporary developments in Critical Discourse Studies, which has progressively established itself as an autonomous branch of critique, albeit arguably its final bounds have not been adequately circumscribed so far. In essence, “proper” linguistics and its sub-disciplines constitute the stepping stone and major source of theorization in this expanding area of research, which is still, however, in contiguity with social theory and even those disciplines that are not necessarily language oriented. It is fairly noted that vital insights, particularly from psychology and sociology, have left a paramount impact on our understating of the other non-linguistic aspects of human language, interaction and communication. Through a long phase of metamorphosis, the general theory of discourse has evolved and generated a relatively large body of literature, especially over the last two decades.


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  • Mohamed Douifi
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  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of Algiers-2AlgiersAlgeria

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