miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2009


Dear All: I got this email from Teun Van Dijk today and I'd like to share it with you.

Dear friends,

For those who did not see, hear or read the news: Last friday, November
13, Dell Hymes died. Just a few weeks after the death of another great
anthropologist, Levi-Strauss, whose work also influenced the beginnings
of discourse studies and semiotics.
I think it is important to mention this sad event also on this list,
because Dell Hymes was one of the most prominent founders of the
transdiscipline of Discourse Studies. Before the linguists,
psychologists, sociologists and many others, he was the one who since
the early 1960s went beyond the analysis of isolated sentences and
advocated the study of whole "communicative events" - arguably still
the most concise definition of discourse as text & talk in context
- within what he called the ethnography of speaking (and later, with
John Gumperz, the ethnography of communication. Among the vast number
of his studies about the cultural dimensions of discourse, I may merely
point out his contribution to the theory of context, summarized in his
well-known S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G grid -- one of the pillars of discourse
For those who do not know his work, I may refer to the wikipedia
article - and references given there:


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