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Uppsala universitet, Sverige.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2012 (Swedish)In: Språk & Stil, ISSN 1101-1165, Vol. 22, no 1, 110-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The majority of text researchers today view text as deeply embedded in context. Still, the question of how context should be treated in analysis, in order to achieve a “thick” theoretical understanding, remains substantially unanswered. In this article, a focus on the meso-level of context, the activity, is suggested as a way of contextualizing texts. This level has shown to be fruitful for explaining patterns and variation in conversation. The meso-level of activity can also be expected to be relevant for the participants of textual communication, which is a key factor when striving for what is sometimes called ecological validity. In the article, previous research and specific examples are discussed in two thematic sections, focusing on texts in text-mediated activities (e.g. academic research and education) and texts in practical activities (e.g. health care work), respectively. Based on these overviews, a unified analytical perspective and a possible stance for researchers interested in grounding their text analysis in a less ‘text-biased’ understanding of context are proposed. This perspective combines activity theory with a semiotic focus on text artefacts inspired by New Literacy Studies. Once the role of a text in the activity is established, and when goals and possible conflicts are identified, context-based concepts such as genre and discourse are suggested for linking activity to linguistic text structure

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2012. Vol. 22, no 1, 110-134 p.
Keyword [en]
text and context, activity, activity theory, genre, discourse
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78490OAI: diva2:540140
Available from: 2012-07-07 Created: 2012-07-07 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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