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Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.001.0001

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Representing Social Action

Representing Social Action

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(p.55) 3 Representing Social Action
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Discourse and Practice
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Theo Van Leeuwen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.003.0003

This chapter investigates how social actions can be, and are, represented in English discourse, describing the social and critical relevance of the analytical categories it presents as well as providing a detailed realization statement for each category. Key domains include the distinction between actions and reactions and the distinction between material and semiotic action. Special attention is paid to abstraction and generalization in the representation of social actions, and to symbolization and inversion. A newspaper article about immigration is analyzed to bring out the potential of the methodology for purposes of critical discourse analysis.

Keywords:   critical discourse analysis, social action, reaction, material action, semiotic action, abstraction, generalization, symbolization, inversion

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