Péter B. Furkó*, Ildikó Vaskó, Csilla Ilona Dér, Dorte Madsen

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This introduction provides an overview of the volume and the relation of individual chapters to the general theme of fuzziness. It is argued that the field of discourse studies is marked by complex boundary work and a great degree of fuzziness regarding theoretical frameworks, methodologies and the use of linguistic categories. The chapters in Part I discuss broader theoretical issues, meta-research as well as critical approaches and deal with the broader field of discourse studies. The chapters in Part II take a closer look at the fuzzy boundaries in terms of methodology and research processes pertaining to the narrower field of discourse analysis. Chapters in Part III offer insight into the fuzzy boundaries between lexico-grammatical categories, taking into consideration various aspects and sources of categorical fuzziness, such as grammaticalization processes, context-dependence, polyfunctionality, conceptual-procedural distinctions and so forth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuzzy Boundaries in Discourse Studies : Theoretical, Methodological, and Lexico-Grammatical Fuzziness
EditorsPéter B. Furkó, Ildikó Vaskó, Csilla Ilona Dér, Dorte Madsen
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9783030275723
ISBN (Electronic)978030275730
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesPostdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

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Published online: 17 December 2019

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