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DISCOURSE AND KNOWLEDGE. A SOCIOCOGNITIVE APPROACH. (Cambridge University Press, 2014).  This book offers a multidisciplinary study of the relations between discourse and knowledge, premised on the assumption that discourse can only be produced or understood on the basis of vast amounts of  socially shared sociocultural knowledge, and that most of that knowledge is in turn acquired through text and talk. After a theoretical chapter presenting a theory of 'natural' knowledge as a task of epstemology, the other chapters review and discuss the relations between discourse and knowledge in cognitive and social psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics and discourse studies. 

SOCIETY AND DISCOURSE. HOW CONTEXT CONTROLS TEXT AND TALK. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Second of two books on context. This books offers the social psychological, sociological and anthropological aspects of the new theory of context, paying special attention to the definition of social and communicative situations. The final chapter of this book offers a detailed contextual analysis of the Iraq debate in the U.K. House of Commons. Spanish version to be published by Gedisa, Barcelona, 2009.

DISCOURSE AND CONTEXT. A SOCIOCOGNITIVE APPROACH. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). First of two books presenting a new theory of context, defined in terms of the subjective mental models (so called context models) participants contrue of the ongoingly for-them-relevant properties of the communicative situation. In this book the linguistic, sociolinguistic and cognitive aspects of the theory is being presented. The example used throughout both books is the debate in the U.K. House of Commons in 2003 about the impending war in Iraq, with special attention to the speech of Tony Blair. Spanish version to be published by Gedisa, Barcelona, 2009.

DISCOURSE AND POWER (Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave, 2008). Collection of articles in critical discourse studies, most of them published earlier, with a new preface on the foundations of critical discourse studies. Portuguese version published by Contexto, São Paulo, 2008. Spanish version to be published by Gedisa, Barcelona, 2009. Arabic version in preparation

DISCURSOS SOBRE LA INMIGRACIÓN EN ESPAÑA. LOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN, LOS PARLAMENTOS Y LAS ADMINISTRACIONES. Ricard Zapata-Barrero & Teun A. van Dijk (Eds.). (Barcelona: Cidob, 2007). Papers of a conference on the discourses of immigration held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

(Ed.). DISCOURSE STUDIES. 5 vols. Sage Benchmarks in Discourse Studies (London: Sage, 2007). This comprehensive set of 5 volumes contains the 80 most important papers in discourse studies of the last decades, selected by the authors -- the most prominent discourse analysts-- themselves.

RACISMO Y DISCURSO EN AMÉRICA LATINA (Barcelona, Gedisa, 2007).  Result of a vast international project, involving teams of eight Latin American countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru) writing about racism and discourse in their own countries.  A portuguese translation of this book has been published by Contexto Publishers, São Paulo (2008). An English version is in preparation and will be published by Lexington Books, 2009. 


مطالعاتی در تحلیل گفتمان :از دستور متن تا گفتمان کاوی انتقادی . (Motaleati dar tahlile goftman: as dastore matn ta gofteman kavie enteghadi – Studies in Discourse Analysis. From Text Grammar to Critical Discourse Analysis). Translated by Teja Mirfakhraee et al. Tehran (Iran): Markaze motaleat va Tahghighate rasaneha (Center for media studies and research), 1382 (= 2004).

RACISM AND DISCOURSE IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2005 (Expanded English version of Dominación étnica y racismo discursivo en España y América Latina. (Barcelona, Gedisa, 2003).


RACISMO Y DISCURSO DE LAS ÉLITES. Barcelona: Gedisa, 2003.
(Shorter, Spanish version of Elite Discourse and Racism, London, Sage, 1993).

IDEOLOGÍA Y DISCURSO. Una introducción multidisciplinaria. Barcelona: Ariel, 2003

Detailed report in Dutch of an investigation of a notorious case of elite racism in the Netherlands, spawned by the publication (1990) of a racist, anti-Muslim pamphlet, written under the pseudonym Mohamed Rasoel, in the wake of the Rushdie Affair. This book shows that famous Dutch poet and feared conservative columnist Gerrit Komrij might be involved in the writing of this pamphlet, probably intended as a practical joke to provoke Dutch antiracists. Under his own name Komrij had written several columns and other pieces whose topics and style are the same as the pamphlet, part of which is also written in a literary style. No publisher wanted to publish this book, which was finally produced and published by my own means under the Critics imprint. A year after publication, no more than 100 copies have been sold of this book. Despite the fact that this affair received widespread attention at the time, no Dutch newspaper published a review of the book. As has been shown in earlier studies of racism in the Netherlands, the Dutch elites adamantly refuse to accept a critical analysis of their racism.
The complete text of the book can be downloaded from this website (in .pdf format). A copy of the book can be obtained from the alternative bookstore De Rooie Rat (Utrecht, the Netherlands).  Copies for review can be obtained through me (vandijk at See also the review of this book by Theo van Leeuwen in Critical Discourse Studies.

RACISM AT THE TOP. Parliamentary Discourses on Ethnic Issues in Six European States. (Klagenfurt: Drava Verlag, 2000). Ruth Wodak & Teun A. van Dijk, Eds.

ANÁLISIS DEL DISCURSO SOCIAL Y POLÍTICO. Teun A. van Dijk & Iván Rodrigo M. (Quito, Ecuador: Abya-Yala, 1999).

IDEOLOGY. A Multidisciplinary Approach. (London: Sage: 1998).
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For other articles and for Spanish and other translations of these articles, see publication list.

A note on epistemic discourse analysis. British Journal of Social Psychology, Volume 51 (pp. 478-485). Special Issue "Twenty five years of discursive psychology, edited by Martha Augoustinos, 2012. 

Ideology and Discourse. In: Michael Freeden, Lyman Tower Sargent & Marc Stears (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. (pp. 175-196). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Discourse Studies and Hermeneutics. Discourse Studies, 13(5), 609-621. (Special Issue on Discourse Studies and Hermeneutics) 2011.

Knowledge, Discourse and Domination. In Michael Meeuwis & Jan-Ola Östman (Eds.), Pragmaticizing Understanding. Studies for Jef Verschueren. (pp. 151-196). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012.

Discourse and the Production of Knowledge. In Norbert M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. (pp. 1001-1006). Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.

Discourse, knowledge, power and politics. Towards Critical Epistemic Discourse Analysis. In Christopher Hart (Ed.), Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition. (pp. 27-63). Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2011

Discourse Analysis of Racism. In John Stanfield (Ed.), Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods. (pp. 43-66). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2011.

Discourse and knowledge. In James Paul Gee & Michael Handford (Eds.), Handbook of Discourse Analysis. (pp. 587-603). London: Routledge, 2012.  

Discourse and ideology. In Teun A. van Dijk (Ed.), Discourse Studies. Second edition. (pp. 379-407). London: Sage, 2011.

Critical Discourse Studies: a sociocognitive approach. In Ruth Wodak & Michael Meyer, Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis. Second edition. (pp. 62-86).  London: Sage, 2009.

News, discourse and ideology. In Thomasz Hanitzsch & Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Eds.), Handbook of Journalism Studies. (pp. 191-204). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 2008.

Elite discourse and institutional racism. To be published in Cameron McCarthy & Cathryn Teasley (Eds.), Transnational Perspective on Culture, Policy and Education. Redirecting Cultural Studies in Neoliberal Times. (pp. 93-111). New York: Lang, 2008.

Racismo y política en España. In S.O.S. Racismo. (2008). Informe anual 2008. Sobre el racismo en el Estado español. (pp. 151-156). Barcelona: Icaria, 2008.

Some Observations on the Role of Knowledge in Discourse Processing. In Trends and Directions. Proceedings of the 12th English in Southeast Asia Conference, December 12-14, 2007. (pp. 89-102). Bangkok: School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 2008.

The study of discourse: an introduction. In Teun A.van Dijk (Ed.), Discourse Studies. 5 vols. Sage Benchmarks in Discourse Studies. (pp. xix-xlii). London: Sage, 2007.

Macro Contexts. In U. Dagmar Scheu Lottgen & José Saura Sánchez (Eds.), Discourse and International Relations. (pp. 3-26). Bern: Lang, 2007.

Racism and the Press in Spain.  In José Luis Blas, Manuela Casanova, Mónica Velando & Javier Vellón (Eds.), Discurso y Sociedad II. Nuevas contribuciuones al estudio de la lengua en un contexto social. (pp. 59-99). Castelló de la Plana: Universitat Jaume I.

Comments on Context and Conversation. In Norman Fairclough, Giuseppina Cortese & Patrizia Ardizzone (Eds.), Discourse and Contemporary Social Change. (pp. 281-316). Bern: Lang, 2007.

Discourse and Manipulation.  Discourse & Society, 17(2), 359-383, 2006. 

- Spanish version of this paper appeared in Signos, 39(60), pp. 49-74 (Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile).

Ideology and discourse analysis. Journal of Political Ideologies, 11 (2006), 115-140. Reprinted in Michael Freeden (Ed.), The meaning of ideology. Cross-disciplinary perspectives. (pp. 110-136).  London: Routledge, 2007.

Discourse, Context and Cognition. Discourse Studies, 8(1), 159-177, 2006. (Special issue on discourse, interaction and cognition).

War Rhetoric of a Little Ally. Political implicatures of Aznar's Legitimization of the War in Iraq. Paper CDA Symposium Copenhagen, May, 2003. Journal  of Language and Politics, 4(1), pp. 65-92, 2005. Special issue “The Soft Power of War. Legitimacy and community in Iraq war discourses.” edited by Lilie Chouliaraki.

Politics, ideology and discourse. Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2005.

Contextual knowledge management in discourse production. A CDA perspective. In Ruth Wodak and  Paul Chilton (Eds.), A New Agenda in (Critical) Discourse Analysis. (pp. 71-100) Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2005.

Text and Context of Parliamentary Debates. In Paul Bayley (Ed.), Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Parliamentart Discourse. (pp. 339- 372). Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2004.

Popularization Discourse and Knowledge about the Genome (With Helena Calsamiglia as first author). Discourse & Society, 15(4), 2004, pp. 369-389. Special issue "Genetic and genomic discourses at the dawn of the 21st cenyury, guest-edited by Brigitte Nerlich,  Robert Dingwall & Paul Martin. 

Knowledge and News. Revista Canaria e Estudios Ingleses 49, noviembre 2004, pp. 71-86.  

Discourse, knowledge and ideology. In Martin Pütz, JoAnne Neff & Teun A. van Dijk (Eds.),  Communicating Ideologies. (pp. 5-38). Berne: Lang, 2004.

The Discourse-Knowledge Interface. In Gilbert Weiss & Ruth Wodak (Eds.), Critical Discourse Analysis. Theory and Interdisciplinarity. (pp. 85-109). Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2003.

Racist Discourse. In Ellis Cashmore (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies. (pp. 351-355). London: Routledge, 2004.

Political discourse and political cognition. In Paul A. Chilton & Christina Schäffner (Eds.), Politics as Text and Talk. Analytical approaches to political discourse. (pp. 204-236). Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2002.

Political discourse and ideology. In Clara Ubaldina Lorda & Montserrat Ribas (Eds.), Anàlisi del discurs polític. Producció, mediació i recepció. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA). (pp. 15-34).  Barcelona, 2002.

El conocimiento y las noticias. In Josep V. Gavaldà Roca, Carmen Gregori Signes & Ramon X Rosselló Ivars (Eds.), La cultura mediàtica. Modes de representació i estratègies discursives. (pp. 249-269). Universitat de València. Facultat de Filologia, 2002.

Tipos de conocimiento en el procesamiento del discurso. En Giovanni Parodi (Ed.), Lingüística e interdisciplinaridad: Desafíos del nuevo milenio. Ensayos en Honor a Marianne Peronard. (pp. 43-66). Ediciones Universitarias de Valparaíso de la Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, 2002.

Discourse and Racism. In David T. Goldberg & John Solomos (Eds.), A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies. (pp. 145-159). Oxford: Blackwell, 2002

Discourse, Ideology and Context. Folia Linguistica, XXXV/1-2 (2001), 11-40.Special issue. "Critical Discourse Analysis in Postmodern Societies". Guest Editor Ruth Wodak.

Multidisciplinary CDA: a plea for diversity. In Ruth Wodak & Michael Meyer (Eds.), Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis. (pp. 95-120). London: Sage, 2001.

Critical Discourse Analysis. In Deborah Schiffrin, Deborah Tannen, & Heidi E. Hamilton (Eds.), The Handbook of Discourse Analysis. (pp. 352-371). Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

Algunos principios de la teoría del contexto. ALED. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Discurso, 1(1), 2001, 69-82.

Ideologies, Racism, Discourse. Debates on Immigration and Ethnic Issues. In Jessika ter Wal & Maykel Verkuyten (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Racism. (pp. 91-116). Aldershot etc. Ashgate, 2000.

New(s) Racism: A discourse analytical approach. In Simon Cottle (Ed.), Ethnic minorities and the media. (pp. 33-49). Buckingham, UK & Philadelphia, USA: Open University Press, 2000.

The reality of racism. On analyzing parliamentary debates on immigration. In Guido Zurstiege (E.). Festschrift für die Wirklichkeit. (pp. 211-226). Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2000. (=Festschrift for Siegried Schmidt).

Theoretical Background. In Ruth Wodak & Teun A. van Dijk (Eds.), Racism at the Top. Parliamentary Discourses on Ethnic Issues in Six European States. (pp. 13-30). Klagenfurt: Drava Verlag, 2000.

Parliamentary Debates. In Ruth Wodak & Teun A. van Dijk (Eds.), Racism at the Top. Parliamentary Discourses on Ethnic Issues in Six European States. (pp. 45-78). Klagenfurt: Drava Verlag, 2000.