Discourse as Structure and Process (Discourse Studies: A by Teun A. van Dijk

By Teun A. van Dijk

What are the buildings of discourse and what are the services of those buildings within the communicative context? This quantity explains how and why discourse is equipped at a variety of degrees. The multidisciplinary contributions illustrate that discourse research is going a long way past the linguistic resolution of designing grammars and is going hand in hand with the research in their makes use of and features within the social context. finished and obtainable, the quantity covers an important number of discourse genres, together with written and spoken, and storytelling and argumentation. The chapters additionally illustrate the need to study the psychological approaches of the language clients: How do humans move approximately generating, knowing and remembering textual content or speak?

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There are indeed molarizing - normalizing - processes at work that ensure we will encounter similarity and link­ ages wherever we go (these forces of uniformity and standardization are certainly not restricted to the human 'stratum' ) , but through Deleuze we may see difference as also at work in the field, and iden­ tity produced through difference, rather than vice versa. In this thinking, 'I am in Juticalpa' supersedes 'I am in yet another typical Third World regional political capital and market center' .

Beside theory, what are the sources for a 'geography of complex­ ity' or a geographical study that employs geophilosophy? One of the attractions of ATP is its eclectic collection of texts drawn from an astounding array of disciplines. Many of the sources are straight­ forward, non-philosophical accounts of material systems, and it is fair to say that one can find materialist accounts in even the most atheoretical sources. Also, because we have a certain fondness for ethnographic research based on the geographical knowledge of informants, we can say that whether or not a source is theoretically aligned has no bearing on its value in a geography of complexity.

CARTOGRAPHY AND CRITIQUE At this point we can enunciate a Deleuzean principle of critique: the extensive properties of actual substances cannot be used to predict the virtual structures of intensive processes, because the extensive properties of actual or 'stratified' systems hide the intensive nature 21 DELEUZE AND GEOPHILOSOPHY of morphogenetic processes. An actual product, as product, has reached an equilibrium, steady state, or stable condition that hides the far-from-equilibrium, 'intensive crisis' nature of the process that gave rise to it.

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