discourse analysis


: the study of linguistic relations and structures in discourse

Examples of discourse analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For decades, scholars of discourse analysis have studied how the use of nominalizations, combined with a reliance on the passive voice, can slyly conceal ideological aims and the parties that endorse them. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2023

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First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of discourse analysis was in 1952

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“Discourse analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discourse%20analysis. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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