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Getting to Grips with Critical Discourse Analysis: Shedding Light on an HE Policy Document

Lewin-Jones, Jenny (2017) Getting to Grips with Critical Discourse Analysis: Shedding Light on an HE Policy Document. In: Papers from the Education Doctoral Research Conference Saturday 26 November 2016. School of Education. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, pp. 76-82. ISBN 9780704428669

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Abstract

This paper discusses advantages of taking a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) approach to examine a policy document: “Born Global: implications for Higher Education” (British Academy, 2016). An adaptation of Hyatt’s (2013) CDA framework is useful for analysing the document’s linguistic features. This paper gives examples of the use of Hyatt’s categories to show that the document encapsulates a particular discourse, the justification of language learning through economic considerations. Linguistic features of the report – the choices of verbs, nouns and adjectives, use of tenses and passive voice, unheralded removal of hedging, and definite articles – all give the impression of factual evidence, whereas they disguise unresolved contradictions. CDA shows that the economic rationale in the document is tenuous.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis, CDA, Hyatt's CDA framework, linguistic features, examinination of a policy document: “Born Global: implications for Higher Education”
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Jenny Lewin-Jones
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 11:06
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 11:06
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5444

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