22/01/2021    (Friday) 13:00-14:00 E21B-G002

Sketching landscapes in discourse analysis (1978–2018): Key scholars, influential works, and trending research topics

John Swales’ 1986 article ‘Citation analysis and discourse analysis’ was the first to apply citation analysis to describe in-text citations in the field of discourse analysis. Howard White’s 2004 article ‘Citation analysis and discourse analysis revisited’ was written by an information scientist and primarily focused on citation analysis and discourse analysis. Here, we cast a wider net by conducting a bibliometric analysis of discourse analysis to sketch its scientific landscape between 1978 and 2018. This report will show that discourse analysis has emerged as a major, and increasingly distinctively sociological, contribution to the analysis of language in social life. It is evident that discourse analysts are increasingly interested in such topics as corpus linguistics, digital conversation analysis, discursive news values approach, membership categorization analysis, multimodal analysis and social media. It is a general trend that the United States is no longer the only dominating publication powerhouse in the field. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and China are wielding a growing share of research output. This report will also provide a list of established and emerging scholars and scholarly works in the field.

Dr Changpeng Huan is currently Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai. His research mainly focuses on news discourse studies. He has published widely in international journals such as Applied Linguistics, Critical Discourse Studies, Discourse & Communication, Discourse & Society, Discourse Studies, Discourse Context & Media, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Language and Politics, Journal of Pragmatics, and Text & Talk. His recent books include Multimodal News Analysis Across Cultures (2020, Cambridge University Press, with Helen Caple and Monika Bednarek), and Journalistic Stance in Chinese and Australian Hard News (2018, Springer). He is now leading two national research grants on media representation of China (i.e. BRICS media and Australian media).