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Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.001.0001

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The Discursive Construction of Purpose

The Discursive Construction of Purpose

(p.124) 7 The Discursive Construction of Purpose
Discourse and Practice

Theo Van Leeuwen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out a framework for analyzing how the purposes of social practices are constructed, interpreted and negotiated in English discourse. Distinctions are drawn between legitimating and nonlegitimating purpose constructions, and between goal-oriented, means-oriented, and effect-oriented purpose constructions. The framework is applied to an analysis of two children's books dealing with the first day at school, to show how the purposes of schooling are constructed differently in different contexts and to demonstrate the uses of purpose analysis for critical discourse analysis.

Keywords:   critical discourse analysis, purpose construction, goal-oriented purpose construction, means-oriented purpose construction, effect-oriented purpose construction

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