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Discourse and Social Change
Discourse and Social Change
by Norman Fairclough
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The eyeopener in the ivory tower, 15 Oct. 2000
Fairclough's framework is rather ambitious and brave. He attempts to build bridge between two disciplines related to discourse analysis: the textually oriented linguistic discourse analysis and the sociological branch. He succeeds to build the bridge and creates a new framework for doing discourse analysis.
The book will provide the reader with:
- First and foremost, an outstanding framework to engage in discourse analysis.
- Awareness of language use
Some of the drawbacks of the book are:
- The language is very complicated. One might think Fairclough wrote the book exclusively to other experts in the field. It is hard to understand for readers with no background in discourse analysis.
- As the avowed Marxist that Fairclough is, the horrific manipulation tools of capitalism is a recurrent theme of the book. This repetition can be tedious to the readers who do not share his ideological standing.
To conclude, the reader might discover a useful framework -if the he/she is patient and willing to read the same sentences over and over again, and if he/she can tolerate the strong ideological standing of the author. All in all, Fairclough has succeeded to build a new framework of discourse analysis. Really an eyeopener - if you get through the book.

Women's Tao Wisdom: Ten Ways to Personal Power and Peace
Women's Tao Wisdom: Ten Ways to Personal Power and Peace
by Diane Dreher
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Book of Buzzwords and Lists, 14 Oct. 2000
This book does not succeed in explaining Tao to the reader. It only provided the readers with a lot of buzzwords and endless lists of things one must do. If you follow the lists carefully, you are supposed to reach the ultimatum of the buzzwords, namely states like harmony and compassion. The lists are concrete to a point that it seems patronizing. To give an examples, the readers are encouraged to sort paper work, to organize their bathrooms, to get a answering machine, to get a facial treatment and so on. In short, I do not find that this is a spiritual book in any way.

Advanced Grammar in Use without answers
Advanced Grammar in Use without answers
by Martin Hewings
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grammar book for the Almost Fluent Non-native Speakers, 14 Oct. 2000
This is the book for the non-native who is already fluent in English but who still makes those small, hard-to-get-rid-of mistakes. I have been through a lot of grammar books but I was surprised that this book came up with so much information that I still wasn't aware of. Each page of grammar is followed by a page with exercises so that you get a chance to practice the rules that have just been explained. However, if the book is used for a self-study purpose, I must recommend buying the book with the answers. Only then are you sure that you really master the subject. The book is logically structured and easy to find your way in. Furthermore, the grammar rules are explained in simple and short sentences which make the contents highly digestible.

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