Working with Spoken Discourse
- Deborah Cameron - University of Oxford, UK
Working with Spoken Discourse provides a comprehensive account of the expanding multidisciplinary field of discourse analysis. Combining theory and practice it covers a wide range of material in a lively and accessible style. It discusses current approaches, concepts and debates in the field of spoken discourse and provides a grounding in the practical techniques of discourse analysis and how to apply them to real data. Working with Spoken Discourse is divided into three sections. The first section covers general issues - the definition of "discourse" and uses of discourse analysis, the second section covers a series of approaches to discourse analysis and the final section focuses on the applications of discourse analysis in social research and designing and writing up projects.
Studets are informed about the book via a reading list. Some of them may actually acquire it.
Personally it is a book I will recommend widely if asked for literature on the topic. Cameron has won me over: I will in future follow her name when conducting searches or looking for new publications.
Discourse is something that all should cover. This book is very good at dealing with things such as working around the subject
This book offers comprehensive and clear guidance that will give those new to discursive appraoches to reserach a flavour of how to go about conducting such research. Particularly helpful is the detailed explanations of how to collect, transcribe and analyse different forms of discourse. I will be recomending to my PG students who re interested in this approach because it is easy to read and had useful examples.
Ostensibly I acquired this text with the intention of adopting it for the Health and Social care Practice that I teach on. However I actually introduced it most effectively to the students of our Counselling Foundation degree. Working with spoken discourse is of course very logical for anyone who is involved in research of the subject of counselling, and this text seems to be a particularly user friendly introduction that takes the student beyond the basics to gently encourage quite complex use of some analytical concepts. In my opinion this will be an essential text for the FD Counselling from induction onwards, for some time to come.
This is an excellent resource which I recommend to my students on both my Research Methods and Analysing Spoken English course.
An excellent resource book. Easy to read, good explanations and examples provided.
Wide range of approaches to discourse presented.
Good for graduates as sublementary materials to enhance understanding on discourse.
It is also a lead-in book for graduates to come in the field.
Building up solid connection between oral and CDA practice.
An excellent overview of a complex subject area, filled with a variety of appropriate exercises and activities. The section on CDA could have been expanded somewhat, particularly a discussion of transitivity would have been appreciated.