The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies provides a state-of-the-art overview of the important and rapidly developing field of Critical Discourse Studies (CDS). Forty-one chapters from leading international scholars cover the central theories, concepts, contexts and applications of CDS and how they have developed, encompassing:

  • approaches
  • analytical methods
  • interdisciplinarity
  • social divisions and power
  • domains and media.

Including methodologies to assist those undertaking their own critical research of discourse, this Handbook is key reading for all those engaged in the study and research of Critical Discourse Analysis within English Language and Linguistics, Communication, Media Studies and related areas.

chapter |10 pages


part I|137 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

CDA as dialectical reasoning

chapter 3|16 pages

The Discourse-Historical Approach

chapter 6|14 pages

Spatial cognition

chapter 8|13 pages

Cultural approach to CDA (CCDA)

From theory to practice

chapter 9|15 pages

Positive discourse analysis 1

part II|108 pages

Analytical methods

part III|85 pages


part IV|119 pages

Social divisions and power

part V|163 pages

Domains and media

chapter 32|17 pages

Legal discourse

chapter 35|15 pages


chapter 38|16 pages

The power of semiotic software

A critical multimodal perspective