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Discourse Analysis in Literacy Research

  1. Rebecca Rogers,
  2. Mónica Pini

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0322

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Rogers, R. and Pini, M. 2012. Discourse Analysis in Literacy Research. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Discourse analysis is a transdisciplinary set of theories and methods that have been widely used in literacy research. Over the past decade, there have been many empirical studies, edited books, essays, and reviews devoted to the areas of discourse studies generally and in literacy research in particular (e.g., Gee, 2002a; Collins & Blot, 2003; Burns & Morrell, 2005; Rex, et al., 2010). This is so because of the commensurability that exists between literacy research and discourse studies. Both are traditions that address language as a social semiotic practice that both constructs and represents the social world. Further, both address problems through a range of theoretical perspectives. Many of the problems that are addressed, particularly in a globalized world system, have to do with power and inequality. Discourse studies provide the tools for addressing the complexity of movement across literacy sites and practices in an increasingly global and digital world.


  • discourse analysis;
  • ethnicity and culture;
  • literacy