CDA Resources

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General Approach to Discourse Studies
Resources prepared by Teun A. van Dijk.

(1) “Transcription in Action: Resources for the Representation of Linguistic Interaction”
A Resource from University of California, Santa Barbara that includes several helpful links, PDFs, and other materials.

This document describes the interplay of theory and methods with respect to transcription. It begins with general principles of design which are relevant regardless of research question. Next it surveys alternative conventions and their underlying assumptions. Then discussion turns to practical issues of applying transcription conventions to actual data in a consistent and efficient manner. Finally, it reviews some historical precursors to transcription, and summarizes developing standards and future trends.

(2) Emanuel Schegloff has created an online transcription tutorial:

Practitioners in the Field
A list of prominent senior scholars and discourse analysts prepared by Teun A. van Dijk.



Ludwig Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein (1993)
A filmed dramatization of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951), whose principal interest was the nature and limits of language. The film is a series of sketches depict the unfolding of his life from boyhood, through the era of World War I, to his eventual Cambridge professorship and association with Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes.

Jürgen Habermas
Video footage of the philosopher talking about some of his ideas, including those about democracy and other political structures.

Michel Foucault
Audiotape of Foucault talking about the history of the relationship of prisons, penal codes, and justice. In English.

Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky
A conversation in which these thinkers describe their views on how power inherent in social institutions shapes behavior. Chomsky expressed his view of an inherent creative urge in all people. Foucault describes very clearly the critical stance with respect to interpretation of social institutions.

Julia Kristeva
Recent audio versions of lectures on adolescents which took place at the New School.


Paul Fry
Lecture given at Yale in an open classroom in which Fry offers an overview of Adorno and Horkheimer in context.

Jacques Derrida
Derrida (2002), a film by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman
Description from the site ( “An odd portrait of Jacques Derrida, one of the most polemical and influential theorists of the end of the 20th century. The filmmakers ‘deconstruct’ the French thinker’s private and professional life, in an attempt to capture the processes of an inquisitive and iconoclastic mind which has greatly influenced our way of understanding the limits of language.”

Contemporary Philosophers
Examined Life (2009), a film by Astra Taylor
A commercial film in which a range of living thinkers discuss the relationship between critical thinking and lived life.



Systemic Functional Linguistics
The official homepage of the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA). ISFLA is the international organizing body for Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), a school of linguistics started by Michael Halliday, initially in Great Britain, and later in Australia.

Center for Applied Linguistics
A resource for educators, including brochures, current research around language, literacy, culture, etc.


Edward Said
A video in which Said, the late literary theorist, discusses his seminal 1978 work, On Orientalism. He describes the nature of the ways people of Europe and North America have codified the unfamiliar cultural Other.

bell hooks
A documentary interview, Cultural Criticism and Transformation, in which hooks argues for the transformative power of cultural criticism.

Stuart Hall
Documentary of Stuart Hall, who traces the social, intellectual, and institutional environment from which cultural studies emerged.
Site that lists the entire Stuart Hall series:


Deborah Tannen
The scholar’s Home Page, where various aspect of her work on the relationships between gender and language can be found, including lectures, videos, media interviews, etc.

Walt Wolfram
A renowned scholar of dialect and sociolinguistics, Wolfram has created a site for educational media resources on identity and dialect diversity.


Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman
The Myth of the Liberal Media, a 1997 documentary which analyzes the empirical data of intersecting corporate interests to suggest, as the website describes, “the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of ‘elite propaganda’.”

Marshal McLuhan
A pathbreaking culture critic, McLuhan shares an early multimodal analysis (September 26, 1976, on The Today Show) of the Carter/Ford debate. [Note: the last five minutes are best.]

Noam Chomsky
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)
A documentary about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media’s role in modern propaganda.

Television as Subject of Study
The Electronic Storyteller: Television and the Cultivation of Values (1997)
Drawing upon the pathbreaking research of the Cultural Indicators Project, George Gerbner outlines, in a comprehensive and clear fashion, the way in which the universal storytelling function of human societies has been colonized by corporate media in the modern world.

Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005)
This 2005 documentary explores the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality intersect with class, offering a more complex reading of television’s often one-dimensional representations. The video also links television portrayals to negative cultural attitudes and public policies that directly affect the lives of working class people.

Boxed In: The Culture of TV (1988)
A book by Mark Crispin Miller in which the author and culture critic takes up various aspect of how the people who produce television content frame and transmit social assumptions.

Graphics and Graphic Design as a Subject of Study
Edward Tufte practices a critical approach to graphic design and data representation. His website is a source for books, lectures, presentations, and other multimodal texts.


Rashomon (film, 1950)
Akira Kurosawa directed this film, which dramatizes of the effects of multiplicity of perspective on narrative reconstruction.

Tootsie (film, 1982)
Directed by Sydney Pollack, this is commercial film which dramatizes how gender identity is constructed through language, gesture, positionality, embodiments, etc.


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