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Critical Discourse Studies

Critical Discourse Studies

Critical Discourse Studies is an interdisciplinary journal for the social sciences. Its primary aim is to publish critical research that advances our understanding of how discourse figures in social processes, social structures, and social change.

Discourse & Society

Discourse & Society

Discourse & Society explores the relevance of discourse analysis to the social sciences. It stimulates a problem-oriented and critical approach and pays particular attention to the political implications of discourse and communication.
Discourse and Communication

Discourse and Communication

Discourse & Communication specifically addresses readers in any field of communication who are interested in qualitative, discourse analytical approaches, on the one hand, and scholars in discourse studies, linguistics, pragmatics, semiotics and related fields who are interested in issues of communication, on the other hand.

Studies in Langauge and Capitalism

Studies in Language and Capitalism is a peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to promote and freely distribute interdisciplinary critical inquiries into the language and meaning of contemporary capitalism and the links between economic, social and linguistic change in the world around us.

Journal of Multicultural Discourses

Journal of Multicultural Discourses

The Journal of Multicultural Discourses is devoted to scholarship that (1) explores intellectual traditions on language, discourse and communication, especially outside dominant paradigms; (2) researchers into practices in, as well as concepts about, language and communication in especially marginalised communities; and/or (3) develops multiculturalist approaches to language, discourse and communication.
Journal of Language and Politics

Journal of Language and Politics

The Journal of Language and Politics (JLP) represent a forum for analysing and discussing the various dimensions in the interplay of language and politics. The basic assumption is that the language of politics cannot be separated from the politics of language.

Discourse Studies

Discourse Studies

Discourse Studies is a multidisciplinary journal for the study of text and talk. Publishing outstanding work on the structures and strategies of written and spoken discourse, special attention is given to cross-disciplinary studies of text and talk in linguistics, anthropology, ethnomethodology, cognitive and social psychology, communication studies and law.


The Critics-L is an interdisciplinary forum for debate for all those actively engaged in the critical study of discourse, language and communication.

Discours: the discourse studies list

DISCOURS is an interdisciplinary forum for scholars from diverse fields to discuss discourse theory and practice from a wide range of perspectives. We define discourse studies broadly and welcome all scholars concerned with the notion of discourse, including but not limited to those in the disciplines and research areas of: anthropology, architecture, composition studies, computer science, cultural studies, education, folklore, gender studies, geography, history, information science, journalism, language and literary studies, law, linguistics, music, performance studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, race and ethnic studies, rhetoric, sociology, women's studies.

Discourse in Society

Website of Teun van Dijk.  Contains information about his CV, publications, research projects, and journals.  Many of Teun's articles can be downloaded from here.  The site also contains a range of resources including bibliographies, websites, journals, societies/organisations, unviersity programs and who's who in CDA.

Ten Papers

Ten classic papers in CDA are listed below.  They have been selected to give readers an introduction to the various approaches in CDA.  Links are provided where available.  In most cases you will need a subscription to the journal.

  1. Trew, T. (1979). Theory and ideology at work.  In R. Fowler, R. Hodge, G. Kress and T. Trew (eds.),  Language and control. London: Routledge and Keegan Paul. pp. 94-116.
  2. Kress, G. (1993). Against arbitrariness: The social production of sign as a foundational issue in critical discourse analysis. Discourse & Society 4(2): 169-91.  [link]
  3. van Leeuwen, T. J. (1996). The representation of social actors.  In C. R. Caldas-Coulthard and M. Coulthard (eds.),  Texts and practices: Readings in critical discourse analysis. London: Routledge. pp. 32-70.
  4. Fairclough, N. (1993).  Critical discourse analysis and the marketisation of public discourse: The universities.  Discourse & Society 4(2): 133-68.  [link]
  5. van Dijk, T. A. (1992). Discourse and the denial of racism. Discourse & Society 3(1): 87-118. [link]
  6. van Dijk, T. A. (1993). Principles of critical discourse analysis. Discourse & Society 4(2): 243-89. [link]
  7. van Leeuwen, T. and R. Wodak (1999). Legitimizing immigration control: A discourse-historical analysis. Discourse Studies 10(1): 83-118.  [link]
  8. Wodak, R. (2001). The discourse-historical approach.  In R. Wodak and M. Meyer (eds.),  Methods of critical discourse analsyis. London: Sage. pp. 63-94.
  9. Chilton, P. and M. Illyin (1993). Metaphor in political discourse: The case of the 'common European house'. Discourse & Society 4(1): 7-31.  [link]
  10. Stubbs, M. (1997). Whorf's children: Critical comments on critical discourse analysis (cda).  In A. Ryan and A. Wray (eds.),  Evolving models of language. Clevedon: British Association for Applied Linguistics. pp. 100-16.