Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara Previously Published Works bannerUC Santa Barbara

Introduction. Public transcripts: entextualization and linguistic representation in institutional contexts


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.

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Main Content
For improved accessibility of PDF content, download the file to your device.
Current View