Discourse Analysis in France. A Conversation


  • Dominique Maingueneau University of Paris-XII
  • Johannes Angermüller Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg




(French) Discourse analysis, Michel FOUCAULT, Michel PÊCHEUX, linguistics, social sciences, pragmatics, Critical Discourse Analysis


In this interview, the linguist Dominique MAINGUENEAU sketches the history of discourse analysis in France. After discussing the intellectual background in which it emerged, he turns to certain key figures of French discourse analysis like Michel FOUCAULT and Michel PÊCHEUX. Special attention is given to the role of Michel FOUCAULT, who has crucially influenced his research on discursive scenography and self-constituting discourses. Concerning FOUCAULT's methodological impact MAINGUENEAU emphasises the problem of "enunciation". A French version of discourse pragmatics, enunciative linguistics focuses on the way texts mobilise their contexts. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0702218


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Author Biographies

Dominique Maingueneau, University of Paris-XII

Dominique MAINGUENEAU is professor of linguistics at the University of Paris-XII (Créteil). His research associates a pragmatic and "enunciative" outlook on discourse and Michel FOUCAULT's Archaeology. He is working out a theory of "self-constituting discourses".

Johannes Angermüller, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Johannes ANGERMÜLLER is Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the Department of Sociology at the University of Magdeburg. His fields of research include theories and methods of discourse analysis, sociology of intellectuals and science, political and cultural theory.




How to Cite

Maingueneau, D., & Angermüller, J. (2007). Discourse Analysis in France. A Conversation. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-8.2.254