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Comments and Questions from Presentation

These comments and questions were gathered during the presentation and discussion:

  • Does discourse studies include linguistic and non-linguistic/paralinguistic features
  • Is discourse studies a newer term than discourse analysis?
  • Is discourse studies a Western concept?
  • what is the difference between interactional and discourse studies in linguistics?
  • What are valid ways of knowing in discourse studies? What are the main accepted methods /techniques to establish credible and reliable findings  in discourse research?
  • Do discourse studies value oral traditions, non-text based languages
  • Can someone examine a different culture from their own from the outside? Do you need to focus on your own discourse community?
  • Is discourse analysis strictly scientific, or is it also philosophy?
  • It also seems that Discourse Studies/Analysis is still in the making. Or it is open for improvisations and experiments.
  • How has discourse studies evolved as a field in an increasingly multimodal world
  • How efficiently can DA be conducted in postmodern realm of ideas?
    This evokes a similar question in my mind: to what extent are DA approaches relevant within a posthumanist approach?
  • Would discourse analysis be a powerful tool when the participants are the 'muted', the 'subaltern', who do not verbalize or articulate what they do
  • What is the role of the of semioses in Discourse Studies nowadays?
  • Could we afford to make categorical demarcations between discursive and non-discursive practices?
  • How can the balance of power antinomies be maintained while engaging in conducting CDA?
  • Foucault said that "discourse in general and scientific discourse in particular, is so complex a reality that we not only can but should approach it at different levels and with different methods".
  • To what extent is conversation analysis (CA)  diffrent/similiar to/from discourse analysis (DA)?
  • How can we use the DA methods to understand the evolution of abstract concepts such as ideology, activism…?
  • There seems to be an ambiguity in the role of the discourse analyst. In order to subvert a power structure through his deconstructive work, he needs to gain a strong subject position in the scientific power discourse. How do you deal with this double bind?
  • What are the challenges of discourse analysis ?


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