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Introduction; Public transcripts: Entextualization and linguistic representation in institutional contextsx

  • Author(s): Park, JSY
  • Bucholtz, M
  • et al.
Abstract

The articles in this special issue argue that entextualization - the process by which circulable texts are produced by extracting discourse from its original context and reifying it as a bounded object - is an indispensable mechanism for the construction of institutional authority. More specifically, they demonstrate that one particular mode of entextualization, that involving the inscription of speech into writing, plays an especially important role in modern institutions, as the transfixing power of the written record endows the institution with an enormous advantage in presenting itself as an authoritative voice that can define, describe, and discipline its subjects. The contributors to this special issue illustrate the role of entextualization in the consolidation of institutional power through the critical analysis of linguistic representation within three key institutions - the law, the media, and the academy - in a variety of languages and cultures in North America, Europe, and Asia. © 2009 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.

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