Informalization of written language. Ling 206 UP/November 2004. Literacy Studies. The role of written language in everyday life Texts Practices. Critical textual analysis. Talking about texts in a new way: shifting away from the ordinary experience of texts
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The role of written language in everyday life
Talking about texts in a new way: shifting away from the ordinary experience of texts
Reflecting on the way we make meaning from texts
Critical: question social life in moral and political terms (social justice and power)
Limits of textual analysis
What ethnography can bring to textual analysis: practices, settings, contexts (macro); causal effects of texts, how texts a read by particular people in particular events
Discourses can be described as themes, attitudes and values - expressed through written and oral statements, images and behaviour - which at a given time and place, within a certain institutional or non-institutional context are deemed meaningful (adapted from Gee 1999: 37).
Extended stretches of text (spoken or written)
Registers and genres
Discourses represent or describe particular aspects of the physical, social and psychological world (see Fairclough 2003: 26).
The acceptance of statements as being obvious and inherently ‘true’ (Foucault 1980).
An example of border crossing
Genres are associated with particular domains of social practices, but the boundaries between domains are permeable.
Context: increasing privatisation of public services and the incursion of market principles into the public domain
Border crossing between informative and promotional language – new hybrid genre
Making the text more accessible by using a conversational style (question-answer sequences)?
Written language is not static – it is changing in much the same way as spoken language is.
Boundaries between spoken and written language are becoming less prominent.