In this study, Bartlett presents a theoretical and descriptive
development in the discipline of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)
extending the recent trend away from critiques of hegemonic
practices and towards the description of alternative and minority
practices that has been labelled Positive Discourse Analysis (PDA).
Through an in-depth case study of intercultural development
discourse, the book goes beyond the top-down model of power in CDA
and the oppositional approach of PDA to develop a model of power in
language as multifaceted and potentially collaborative. This model
is used to analyse the particular circumstances of the case study,
but is primarily presented as a framework for practical applied
linguistic contributions within a wide range of sociocultural
contexts. Drawing on social and linguistic theory and methods from
a range of functional and applied approaches to language, the book
explores the connections between language form and social function,
the contextual constraints on discursive action and the potential
for the renegotiation of existing discourses and social
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