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Exploring Silence and Absence in Discourse

Empirical Approaches

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  • Provides a significant contribution to studies of silence, absence and discourse
  • Fills a lacuna by approaching these topics from a social science-based perspective
  • Analyses how new and old media alike are silent on certain issues

Part of the book series: Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse (PSDS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Exploring Means that Produce Silence and Absence

  2. Analysing Surface Indicators of Silence and Absence


About this book

This book fills a significant gap in the field by addressing the topic of absence in discourse. It presents a range of proposals as to how we can identify and analyse what is absent, and promotes the empirical study of absence and silence in discourse. The authors argue that these phenomena should hold a more central position in the field of discourse, and discuss these two topics at length in this innovative edited collection. It will appeal to students and scholars interested in discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis.


“The studies presented in this book provide meaningful results and show relevant empirical routes into the study of absence and silence in discourse, thus filling in an important gap in literature.” (Fernanda Andrioli, Language in Society, Vol. 48 (3), June, 2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Modern Languages and European Studies, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

    Melani Schröter

  • School of English, University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom

    Charlotte Taylor

About the editors

Melani Schröter is Associate Professor in German Linguistics at the University of Reading, UK, and the author of Silence and Concealment in Political Discourse (2013). Her research interests include political discourse analysis, silence and absence in discourse and communication, comparative analyses of European migration discourses, and discourses of resistance. 
Charlotte Taylor is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sussex, UK, and Editor of CADAAD Journal. Her research specialisms include impoliteness implicatures, and discourses of migration, and she has a longstanding interest in methodological issues.  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Exploring Silence and Absence in Discourse

  • Book Subtitle: Empirical Approaches

  • Editors: Melani Schröter, Charlotte Taylor

  • Series Title: Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-64579-7Published: 23 January 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87826-3Published: 04 June 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-64580-3Published: 18 December 2017

  • Series ISSN: 2946-5990

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-6008

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 395

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Discourse Analysis, Media and Communication, Comparative Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics

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