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Critical Discourse Analysis and hybrid texts: Analysing English as a Second Language (ESL)

Kettle, Margaret A. (2005) Critical Discourse Analysis and hybrid texts: Analysing English as a Second Language (ESL). Melbourne Studies in Education, 46(2), pp. 87-105.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and English as a Second Language (ESL) texts, that is texts produced in interactions between native and non-native speakers of English. Such texts are hybrid in that they comprise a blending of ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’1 English forms. In these times of globalised English and the increasing prevalence of non-native speaker models of English, research is increasingly likely to encounter ESL texts. The issue for the critical analysis of such ‘new’ texts is that CDA generally utilises ‘standard’ linguistic models for its analytical apparatus. Fairclough (2003), arguably the most widely-recognised proponent of CDA, bases his analytical framework on Standard English. The question is whether and if so how CDA can accommodate hybrid texts, specifically those with a blend of linguistically ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’ forms of English. In this discussion, I consider the application of Fairclough’s model of CDA to the analysis of an interview with a Thai ESL student beginning postgraduate studies in Australia. I argue that the analysis is made more effective by drawing on principles from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research, in particular communication strategies.

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ID Code: 8091
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), hybrid texts, English as a second language, Conducting CDA on transcripts of native speaker/non, native speaker interactions, second language communication strategies, world English
DOI: 10.1080/17508480509556426
ISSN: 1750-8495
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300) > English as a Second Language (200303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a postprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the [Melbourne Studies in Education] (C) [2005] (copyright Taylor & Francis); [Melbourne Studies in Education] is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17508480509556426
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:30

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