Por uma abordagem crítica e explanatória do discurso

Maria Izabel S. Magalhães


The main purpose of this paper is to discuss the approach adopted in my research of the Rezas and Benzeções (healing speech activities in Brazil). I view discourse as part of specific social conditions that should be taken into account, so I am concerned here with the adequate representation of the healers' social world. Therefore, I suggest that the investigation of discourse be supported by ethnographic field work and comment on the strategies adopted in my data colletion. A detailed description of the methods is offered. In addition, I argue for the interpretation, critique and explanation of discourse. I  propose to follow such and approach by examining local community norms as indicators of participants' values and ideology.

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Revista Delta-Documentação e Estudos em Linguística Teórica e Aplicada ISSN 1678-460X