Critical Discourse Analysis Reading Group

What is Critical Discourse Analysis? 

"Critical discourse analysis (CDA) is a type of discourse analytical research that primarily studies the way social power abuse, dominance, and inequality are enacted, reproduced, and resisted by text and talk in the social and political context."  (Teun van Dijk, The Handbook of Discourse Analysis, 2003)

Critical discourse analysis includes the place of language in social relations of power and ideology, and how language figures in processes of social change.” (Norman Fairclough, website below)

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Spring 2005:

This semester we will be reading two articles per month, reading and discussing each article for two weeks.

Richardson, J. (forthcoming). On delineating ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ criticisms of Muslims. In Allen & Birt (eds.) New Approaches to Islamophobia. Leicester: Markfield.


Scheur, Jann. (2003). Habitus as the principle for social practice: A proposal for critical discourse analysis. Language in Society 32, 143-175.

Chouliaraki, L. (2000). Political Discourse in the News: Democratizing Responsibility or Aestheticizing Politics. Discourse & Society, 11(3), 293-314.


Greenberg, J. (2002). Framing and Temporality in Political Cartoons: A Critical Analysis of Visual News Discourse. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology-Revue Canadienne de Sociologie et D Anthropologie, 39(2), 181-198.

Kitis, E., & Milapides, M. (1997). Read It and Believe It: How Metaphor Constructs Ideology in News Discourse: A Case-Study. Journal of Pragmatics, 28(5), 557-590.


Teo, P. (2000). Racism in the News: A Critical Discourse Analysis of News Reporting in 2 Australian Newspapers. Discourse & Society, 11(1), 7-49.


Halmari, H., & Ostman, J. O. (2001). The Soft-Spoken, Angelic Pickax Killer: The Notion of Discourse Pattern in Controversial News Reporting. Journal of Pragmatics, 33(6), 805-823.
Sleurs, K., Geert Jacobs, and Luuk Van Waes (2003). Constructing press releases, constructing quotations: A case study. Journal of Sociolingusitics 7/2:192-212.
Altheide, D. L., & Michalowski, R. S. (1999). Fear in the news: A discourse of control. Sociological Quarterly, 40(3), 475-503.

Past Readings:

Fall 2004
Machin, D and VanLeeuwen, T (2003). Global schemas and local discourses in Cosmopolitan, Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Hale, S. (2002). How faithfully do court interpreters render the style of non-English speaking witnesses’ testimonies? A data-based study of Spanish–English bilingual Proceedings. Discourse Studies, Vol 4(1): 25–47.

Nylund, M. (2003). "Asking questions, making sound-bites: research reports, interviews and television news stories", Discourse Studies, Vol 5(4): 517–533.

Monika Heller (2003)."Globalization, the new economy, and the commodification of language and identity" Journal of Sociolinguistics, 7/4, 2003: 473-492.

Clayman, S. & Heritage, J. (2002). “Questioning presidents: Deference and adversarialness in the press conferences of Eisenhower and Reagan”, Journal of Communication.  749-775.

Spring 2004
Discourse and Discrimination: Rhetorics of Racism and Antisemitism by Martin Reisigl and Ruth Wodak

Summer 2004
Analysing Political Discourse by Paul Chilton

People with informative websites:

Norman Fairclough
Teun van Dijk
Ron Scollon

Other Websites:

Language in the New Capitalism
Research Center Discourse, Politics and Identity


Critical Discourse Studies
Discourse and Society
Discourse Studies