Discourse Linguistics and Beyond
The Discourse-Analysis Round Table "D-ART" is an international project based on the Round Table discussion format and thus can be viewed as a collective reflection and construction of the ways that contemporary linguistics in Eastern Europe and beyond implies studying such a macro-level unit as discourse. At the same time, collective reflection does not prevent individual voices from being represented to the benefit of discussion and grounding in the field. The genres of the contributions to the volumes vary from theoretical studies, research and opinion articles to individual researchers’ insights and reflections. This variety is aimed at giving an opportunity to a new linguistic field – the Linguistics of Discourse – so that it may be represented from different angles and with different focal points. As a result, these approaches will become grounded and balanced within the frameworks existing in the region and in the world at large. That is, the series is focused on giving a relatively unknown group of scholars who are engaged in a seri- ous research process an opportunity to express themselves and present their research.
Volume 2: Current approaches in Eastern Europe, edited by Yana Kuzmina, Irina Oukhvanova, Alena Savich and Ekaterina Vasilenko, continues to develop the phenomena of discourse and discourse analysis. 40 participants from Belarus, Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine discuss the field from theoretical, methodological, phenomenological and activity-biased perspectives actual for the region. The researchers disclose what discourse studies underline conceptually, what discourse analysis entails, and what results can be yielded applying it as a theoretical framework and as a method. A special attention is paid to the field’s heritage coming with the names of Wittgenstein and Florensky. Alongside there come numerous foci on applied aspects of discourse linguistics, such as the worldviews reconstructed out of contemporary and ancient discourses, hybrid discourse included, national election anti-campaigns and an e-government communication studied to find the core of effectiveness, social subject constructed by personal and community-bias discourses, etc. All together, the authors expand upon the question of the field’s place in the humanities and its role for the contemporary society.