chapter  3
Understanding conversational undercurrents in ‘The Ebony Tower’ by John Fowles
ByMick Short
Pages 18

Traditionally, linguists have always studied the structure and meaning of single sentences regardless of their use in actual communication. In the last few decades, however, there has been a growing interest in the properties of whole texts and their communicative functions and uses in particular contexts. This shift in emphasis has given rise to the relatively new discipline of discourse analysis, which regards all types of spoken and written texts, for example, conversations, interviews, leaflets, poems, novels, etc., as discourses, that is, as interpersonal communicative activities performed for a specific social purpose and situated in a particular context.