Exemplary Research Designs
The aim of the research programme presented so far has been to solve the PDA’s methodological deficit and enhance its applicability in empirical research. Among other things, empirical discourse analysis has been conceived of as requiring the theory-driven co-construction of the research object, necessitating analytical strategies that are consistent with the phenomenal characteristics and constitutive conditions of discourse, and presupposing that scientific methods for the generation and interpretation of empirical data are selected and utilized in accordance with the methodological premises of second-order hermeneutics and methodological holism. The research programme also serves as a frame of communication as it does not only make it easier for discourse analysts to carry out their individual research projects, but also provides them with a frame of reference to discuss and compare their research projects and participate in the identification and solving of methodical problems.
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