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Methods of Discourse Analysis

Thursday 31st may 2018 | 10am-5pm | OC1.04 The Oculus (and afternoon sessions across campus)

Discourse Analysis investigates the social production of meaning. In this workshop, which is organised by Professor Johannes Angermuller and his collaborators, we will have a morning session with an overview of discourse approaches and a discussion of methodological challenges in discourse analysis. In the afternoon, students can choose between various methodological approaches to text and talk, including quantitative and qualitative methods (such as corpus analysis, conversation analysis, interviews, coding). Dr Ronny Scholz will run a workshop on corpus analysis, Marta Natalia Wróblewska on coding, Sixian Hah on conversation analysis, Johannes Beetz on poststructuralist discourse theory, Eduardo Chavez on interviews, Sal Consoli on reflexivity in discourse research.

This one-day workshop is open to students with a background in the social sciences and humanities who want to study discourse within a qualitative and/or quantitative research design.


The workshop is organised by Professor Johannes Angermuller with some PhD students.

We will offer:

- refreshments upon arrival (9:30-10:00am)

- a general presentation of Discourse Studies and its methodological challenges (90 min)

- brief introductions into particular methods (90 min)

- buffet lunch (1pm)

- hands-on training sessions in small groups, focussing on specific methods such as analysis of text and talk, working with interviews, corpus analysis, coding (3 hours - to include a refreshment break)

Methods will be presented in the morning and breakout sessions focussing on each method will run in the afternoon.We recommend that students use the workshop registration form to express their interest in one of the following afternoon breakout sessions during registration, however, students will be given the opportunity to change session (capacity permitting) over the lunch break.

Full details of the afternoon breakout sessions can be found here.

Pre-requisits and readings

Angermuller J. (2015), « Discourse Studies », In Wright J. D. (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, Amsterdam, Elsevier, p. 510-515.

Angermuller J., Maingueneau D. et Wodak R. (eds.) (2014), The Discourse Studies Reader. Main Currents in Theory and Analysis, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, John Benjamins. (optional)

Questions or suggestions?

Practical questions and student queries: Ronny Scholz (

Please feel free to get in touch with the organisers ( if you are interested in any particular method or want to suggest analysing a given corpus.”

Booking form

You can book a place on this workshop using the workshop registration form.