Critical Discourse Studies and Technology: A Multimodal Approach to Analysing Technoculture

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Title: Critical Discourse Studies and Technology
Subtitle: A Multimodal Approach to Analysing Technoculture
Series Title: Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/critical-discourse-studies-and-technology-9781472569486/

Author: Ian Roderick

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Making a new contribution to the developing field of multimodal critical
discourse studies, Ian Roderick’s book demonstrates how technologies that tend
to be widely represented as innovative, or as simple pragmatic solutions, are
always anchored in power relations and are therefore deeply ideological.

A series of examples analysing technologies such as robotics, smart phones or
bio-medicine, their functioning and uses, as well as their representations in
the media, show that these are embedded within discourses that tell us about
social and power relations, identities and political values. The book takes a
tour of everyday technologies and how they are represented in different
settings. A Disney theme park attraction showing how technology has improved
family life makes many assumptions about what is natural in terms of
interpersonal relations, pleasure and satisfaction. Advertisements that
represent robot workers inform us about the kinds of worker-management
relations now characterising work places. Roderick looks at the way that
technologies, while often represented as divorced from their production and
maintenance, as objects of wonder, need to be seen within a fabric of social
relations that tends to be suppressed from how we see them as part of a wider
technological fetishism.

Engaging with existing theories of technology, the book argues that we must
take a more interdisciplinary approach to avoid the pitfalls of social
constructivism and technological determinism. Our experiences of technologies
are shaped through the relationship between knowledge, practices and
institutional forms.

Multimodality in Higher Education

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Title: Multimodality in Higher Education
Series Title: Studies in Writing

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Brill
http://www.brill.com

Book URL: http://www.brill.com/products/book/multimodality-higher-education

Editor: Arlene Archer
Editor: Esther Odilia Breuer

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Multimodality in Higher Education theorizes writing practices and pedagogy
from a multimodal perspective. It looks at the theoretical and methodological
uptake of multimodal approaches in a range of domains in Higher Education,
including art and design, architecture, composition studies, science,
management accounting and engineering. Changes in the communication landscape
have engendered an increasing recognition of the different semiotic dimensions
of representation. Student assignments require increasingly complex multimodal
competencies and Higher Education needs to be equipped to students with these
texts. Multimodality in Higher Education explores the changing communication
landscapes in Higher Education in terms of spaces and texts, as well as new
processes of production and creativity in the new media.

Dawn: The Origins of Language and the Modern Human Mind

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Title: Dawn
Subtitle: The Origins of Language and the Modern Human Mind
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
http://www.transactionpub.com

Book URL: http://www.transactionpub.com/title/Dawn-978-1-4128-6265-3.html?srchprod=1

Author: Rik Smits

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In this work, originally published in Dutch, Rik Smits theorizes that language
could not have developed originally as a system of communication. It is,
instead, the result of combining separate abilities, each of which developed
independently to aid the survival of early humans. Lacking strength and speed,
man relies on wisdom for survival. Smits theorizes that human skills in
calculation and estimation continued to develop until they were sufficient to
accommodate a system as complex as grammar.

Only after our linguistic ability emerged could humans think logically and
share our reasoning with others, at which point almost everything we now call
culture began to flourish. Smits concludes that language cannot have long
predated the invention of agriculture in the Middle East, some 14,000 years
ago. The huge advance in civilization represented by language made abstract
powers of reasoning indispensable for the first time, along with highly
developed concepts of identity, past, present, and future, all of which rely
upon language.

This explanation of the origins of language throws new light on cave paintings
by Cro-Magnon man, whose masterpieces date from about 40,000 to 15,000 years
ago. Anatomically Cro-Magnons were modern humans, but they had no language in
the modern sense. Their absence of language gave them no true sense of
individual identity.

Grammatical Complexity in Academic English

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Title: Grammatical Complexity in Academic English
Subtitle: Linguistic Change in Writing
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
http://cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/history-english-language/grammatical-complexity-academic-english-linguistic-change-writing?format=HB

Author: Douglas Biber
Author: Bethany Gray

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Grammatical Complexity in Academic English uses corpus-based analyses to
challenge a number of dominant stereotypes and assumptions within linguistics.
Biber and Gray tackle the nature of grammatical complexity, demonstrating that
embedded phrasal structures are as important as embedded dependent clauses.
The authors also overturn ingrained assumptions about linguistic change,
showing that grammatical change occurs in writing as well as speech. This work
establishes that academic writing is structurally compressed (rather than
elaborated); that it is often not explicit in the expression of meaning; and
that scientific academic writing has been the locus of some of the most
important grammatical changes in English over the past 200 years (rather than
being conservative and resistant to change). Supported throughout with textual
evidence, this work is essential reading for discourse analysts,
sociolinguists, applied linguists, as well as descriptive linguists and
historical linguists.

1. Academic writing: challenging the stereotypes; 2. Using corpora to analyze
grammatical change; 3. Phrasal versus clausal discourse styles: a synchronic
grammatical description of academic writing contrasted with other registers;
4. The historical evolution of phrasal discourse styles in academic writing;
5. The functional extension of phrasal grammatical features in academic
writing; 6. The loss of explicitness in academic research writing; 7.
Conclusion.

Variational Text Linguistics: Revisiting Register in English

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Title: Variational Text Linguistics
Subtitle: Revisiting Register in English
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 90

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/462066?rskey=iIhu8C

Editor: Christoph Schubert
Editor: Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer

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Abstract:

Owing to the ever-increasing possibilities of communication, especially with
the advent of modern communication technologies, register analysis offers a
constantly widening range of research opportunities. Still, research has
mainly concentrated on well-established and frequent registers such as
newspaper articles, while many descriptive and theoretical issues have not yet
been sufficiently investigated.

This volume gives a state-of-the-art insight into register studies and points
out emerging trends as well as new directions for future research.
Furthermore, it provides a forum for the description and discussion of
registers which have not received an appropriate amount of attention so far.
In particular, it deals with specialized offline and online registers,
cross-register comparison as well as regional, contrastive, and diachronic
register variation.

In parallel to the new discipline of variational pragmatics, this volume aims
to foster the discipline of ‘variational text linguistics’ and to initiate
fundamental investigations in this area. This field of research provides new
insights into the concept of register, since it covers both functional and
regional types of textual variation.

Genre in Language, Discourse and Cognition

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Title: Genre in Language, Discourse and Cognition
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 33

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/468793?rskey=0Sd3TY

Editor: Ninke Stukker
Editor: Wilbert Spooren
Editor: Gerard Steen

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The study of genre is scattered across research disciplines. This volume
offers an integrative perspective starting from the assumption that genres are
cognitive constructs, recognized, maintained and employed by members of a
given discourse community. Its central questions are: What does genre
knowledge consist of? How is it organized in cognition? How is it applied in
discourse production and interpretation? How is it reflected in language use?

Corpus Stylistics as Contextual Prosodic Theory and Subtext

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Title: Corpus Stylistics as Contextual Prosodic Theory and Subtext
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 23

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: John Benjamins
http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/lal.23

Author: Bill Louw
Author: Marija Milojkovic

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The volume presents Louw’s Contextual Prosodic Theory from its beginnings to
its newest applications. It journeys from delexicalisation and
relexicalisation into Semantic Prosody and then to the heart of its contextual
requirements within collocation and the thinking of J.R. Firth. Once there, it
moves much of Firth’s and Malinowski’s thinking into a computational method
based upon the ability of language to govern and analyse itself using
collocation to plot its scope and limits. With the assistance of analytic
philosophy, it parts logic (grammar) from metaphysics (vocabulary) along the
lines of a non-computational formula of Bertrand Russell, and so falsifies the
major premise of the Vienna Circle using its own central tenet: the Principle
of Verification. Having arrived at corpus-derived subtext (the semantic aura
of grammar strings, as distinguished from Semantic Prosody), the second half
of the book proceeds to verify the theory on Slavic languages. The focus is on
the poet Alexander Pushkin, whose authorial intention becomes computationally
recoverable. Prose is handled on samples authored by David Lodge, where
authorial (in)sincerity (Louw 1993) is viewed on a cline of inspiration and
quality of discourse. Other applications in the volume include studies on
translation, negotiation, humour, and the reception of CPT.

Translating for Singing: The Theory, Art and Craft of Translating Lyrics

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Title: Translating for Singing
Subtitle: The Theory, Art and Craft of Translating Lyrics
Series Title: Bloomsbury Advances in Translation

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/translating-for-singing-9781472571885/

Author: Ronnie Apter
Author: Mark Herman

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Translating for Singing discusses the art and craft of translating singable
lyrics, a topic of interest in a wide range of fields, including translation,
music, creative writing, cultural studies, performance studies, and semiotics.
Previously, such translation has most often been discussed by music critics,
many of whom had neither training nor experience in this area. Written by two
internationally known translators, the book focusses mainly on practical
techniques for creating translations meant to be sung to pre-existing music,
with suggested solutions to such linguistic problems as those associated with
rhythm, syllable count, vocal burden, rhyme, repetition and sound. Translation
theory and translations of lyrics for other purposes, such as surtitles, are
also covered.

The book can serve as a primary text in courses on translating lyrics and as a
reference and supplementary text for other courses and for professionals in
the fields mentioned. Beyond academia, the book is of interest to professional
translators and to librettists, singers, conductors, stage directors, and
audience members.

Case Studies in Discourse Analysis

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Title: Case Studies in Discourse Analysis
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Pragmatics 29

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
http://www.lincom-shop.eu

Book URL: http://bit.ly/23vcDAW

Editor: Marcel Danesi
Author: Sara Greco Morasso

Hardback: ISBN:  9783862887095 Pages: 428 Price: Europe EURO 162.80

Abstract:

Discourse permeates human life, manifesting itself in all kinds of speech
acts, from conversations to clinical dialogues between a patient and
practitioner. While discourse has been studied within specific disciplines,
including linguistics, anthropology, and psychology, over the last few decades
an autonomous approach, known as Discourse Analysis, has emerged to develop
its own theoretical and research agendas aimed at penetrating the nature and
role of discourse in human life. This collection of case studies in discourse
aims to examine these agendas in specific situations, and thus to contribute
to the growing significance of this exciting field of inquiry. It thus
presents a composite picture of what discourse analysis is and what it allows
us to do in the area of speech analysis. The chapters deal with the kinds of
discourses that characterize medical communication, media and public
discourse, conflict resolution and reconciliation, juridical communication,
gastronomical language, text messaging, education, and others. Written by
active researchers in the fields of discourse analysis proper and its
correlative field of argumentation theory, both the expert and the neophyte
will be able to glean from the various chapters how this new discipline is
evolving and what it can achieve in shedding light on the complexities of
human interaction.

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