Textual analysis is a broad term for various research methods used to describe, interpret and understand texts. All kinds of information can be obtained from a text — from its literal meaning to the subtext, symbolism, assumptions and values it reveals.
The methods and techniques used to conduct textual analysis depend on the type of text, as well as the broader aims of the research. Researchers often try to connect the text to a wider social, political, cultural, economic or even environmental context, and this can prove fruitful.
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