Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event

Stanton Wortham, Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and co-author Angela Reyes (Hunter College and City University of New York) have released a second edition of Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event (Routledge, 2020). The first edition of Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event was awarded the 2016 Edward Sapir Book Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Wortham and Reyes contend that discourse analysis needs to move beyond fixed speech events and consider the development of discourses over time. The authors lay out a set of tools and techniques on how to conduct discourse analysis of linked events, allowing researchers to understand not only individual events but also the patterns that emerge across them. Wortham talks about the new edition of his book in this video from the Lynch School. Wortham is a linguistic anthropologist and educational ethnographer who is the author/editor of nine books, including Migration Narratives: Diverging Stories in Schools, Churches, and Civic Institutions.

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