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Title: Commitment and criticality: Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis evaluated
Authors: Poole, B. 
Keywords: Discourse analysis
Language and the media
Language ideology
Rhetoric and stylistics
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Citation: Poole, B. (2010-07). Commitment and criticality: Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis evaluated. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 20 (2) : 137-155. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is an established interdisciplinary approach to texts in terms of their wider social and political significance, and owes its prominence, in part, to one of its most influential practitioners, Norman Fairclough. This paper examines the theoretical foundations of Fairclough's CDA and its ways of working with texts. It summarizes and evaluates arguments put by critics of CDA, including Widdowson and Stubbs. It also shows that a political perspective antithetical to Fairclough's can be supported by a mode of textual commentary similar to his own. Overall, the paper argues that Fairclough focuses largely on neo-liberal discourses; draws on linguistics merely for its metalinguistic terminology; and offers linguistic descriptions subservient to political motivations and judgments. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Source Title: International Journal of Applied Linguistics
ISSN: 08026106
DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2009.00234.x
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