Overcoming methodological challenges in text production research: a holistic approach through data triangulation
Text production research tends to analyse corpora of text products as its data. However, for the aim of investigating especially text production processes, such an approach falls short; a written text does its best to hide any traces of its genesis. This article argues for a holistic approach in text production research by presenting five methodological guidelines for future research: 1) what/how-research questions need to be followed by why-questions, and such research frameworks require 2) several methods to be applied in order to 3) encompass both product and process perspectives, 4) reveal material, mental and social activities, and 5) move from micro-level activities towards macro-level contexts. The holistic approach is empirically illustrated by drawing on a study on journalistic quoting (Haapanen 2017a).