Charles Darwin University

CDU eSpace
Institutional Repository

CDU Staff and Student only

On the Discourse of Social Science

Wignell, Peter F. (2007). On the Discourse of Social Science. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

Document type: Book
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your CDU eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
Click to show the corresponding preview Download this reading n9780980292350_Image.jpg 9780980292350_Image.jpg image/jpeg 26.63KB 28
Reading the attached file works best in Firefox, Chrome and IE 9 or later.

Author Wignell, Peter F.
Title On the Discourse of Social Science
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2007
ISBN 9780980292350   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 254
Language English
Field of Research 2004 - Linguistics
1399 - Other Education
1699 - Other Studies in Human Society
Abstract This book uses the theory and analytical tools of Systemic Functional Linguistics to examine the discourse of social science from two perspectives. First the prototypical discourse patterns of undergraduate textbooks in the disciplines of Economics, Sociology and Political Science are analysed. The rationale for this analysis is to show how the current orthodoxy of the disciplines is constructed. Second, the book considers the evolution of the discourse patterns of social science. It does this by examining canonical works from the history of the social sciences. As a contrast works from the humanities discipline of moral philosophy from the same time scale are analysed. It is argued that the discourse of the social sciences evolved as a kind of hybrid of the discourses of the humanities and the physical sciences. At the time of writing, Peter Wignell was a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Education, Health and Science at Charles Darwin University. One of Peter's main research interests in the role of language in the creation of specialised knowledge.
Keyword Language
Politics and Society
Additional Notes To purchase this book online visit the CDU Press website via the link below

© copyright

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in CDU eSpace. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact

Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 206 Abstract Views, 31 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 27 Sep 2010, 13:13:38 CST by Shivaun MacCarthy