An investigation into the language used in meetings : applying discourse analysis to English panel meetings in a Hong Kong school

by Tang, M. C

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract of thesis entitled An investigation into the language used in meetings: Applying Discourse Analysis to English Panel meetings in a Hong Kong school Submitted by May M.C. Tang For the degree of M. A. in Applied Linguistics At the University of Hong Kong September 2004. This dissertation examines the relationship between discourse and power by investigating the language used in two English panel meetings in a Hong Kong school. Analysis and discussion addresses two levels and three main dimensions, which draw upon the critical discourse analysis methodology suggested by van Dijk (1993), Fairclough (1989) and Fowler (1985). The two levels are the contextual level and textual level. The context analysis touches on the marketization of English language education in modern culture, and a diagnosis of the hierarchical structure of the school in which the discourse occurred. For the textual level, the analysis goes from the top-down dimension to see how power and dominance are articulated, sustained or legitimized through both directive and constitutive practices. Secondly, the bottom-up dimension of power reproduction is investigated. Lastly, the study looks at the resistance from the dominated teachers in striking for flexibility and autonomy in the curriculum. Results show that power and dominance could be ?ointly produced or reproduced?by the dominating and dominated groups. The chairwoman actively enacted institutional power upon the teachers on one hand. On the other hand, teachers?acceptance of and compliance with such powerless roles help to sustain and reproduce such power asymmetry. Resistance was mediated, and even suppressed by authority. Only when there was concession shown in the dominating authority could the dominated group claim some power. In the conclusion, suggestions are made for future research in applying critical discourse analysis in educational settings.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:english language social aspects china hong kong discourse analysis meetings


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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