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f rom:M. I(napp & J. Dary (Eds.), ttSrylbook ot Interpefso9al CoE9Prlig?tion (3rd ed.'pp. lO2-I29>. Newbury Parkl CA: Sage' 7Oc>>Discourse Analysis
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Discourse Analysisterrn to describe a particular kind of analysis,it is also a label that has widespread usageacross several disciplines with diverse goals.Consequently, it is more accurate to think ofdiscourse analysis as a cluster of methodsand approaches with some substantial com-rnon interests rather than as a single, unitarytechnique,As Vood and Kroger (2000, p. 18)explain,rhe existence of several kinds of discourseanalysis is undoubtedly due to the developingnature of the field as well as to its diverse dis-ciplinary origins. Discourse analysis began inbranches of philosophy, sociology,linguistics,and literary theory, and it is continuing todevelop in additional disciplines such asanthropology, communication, education, andpsychology. We find this newness and diver-siry a positive feature of the field. It is nothound by any single discipline, which meansthat there is a rich infusion of ideas andmethods across disciplines. Nor is it comminedro traditions of the past;indeed, many discourseanalysts are rebels and innovators within theirown home disciplines who have moved out totoin other like-mindedresearchers.It is intriguing that one of the originalmeanings of the verb discourse was "to travelrcross a course or terrain." !0e like to think ofJiscourse analysis as still doing that, travelingrc{oss many disciplines,often into new terri-tory, rather than staying in one place. In that'pirit, in this chapter we travelthrough (but byno means claim hegemony over) the many
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