Politics as Text and Talk

Analytic approaches to political discourse

Author: Paul Chilton,Christina Schäffner

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027296979

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 246

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Human beings are political animals. They are also articulate mammals. How are these two aspects linked? This is a question that is only beginning to be explored. The present collection makes a contribution to the investigations into the use of language in those situations which, informally and intuitively, we call ‘political’. Such an approach is revealing not only for politics itself but also for the human language capacity. Each chapter outlines a particular method or analytic approach and illustrates its application to a contemporary political issue, institution or mode of political behaviour. As a whole, the collection aims to give a sample of current research in the field. It will interest those who are beginning to carry the research paradigm forward, as well as provide an introduction for newcomers, whether they come from neighbouring or remote disciplines or from none.

Sprache und Sprachverwendung in der Politik

Eine Einführung in die linguistische Analyse öffentlich-politischer Kommunikation

Author: Heiko Girnth

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110374080

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 180

View: 2727

Political action is first and foremost verbal action. This study aims to give students and teachers a solid introductory foundation to the field of “Language and Politics” as well as to demonstrate the potential of a linguistic approach. The individual chapters are rounded out with references and exercises that add depth to the material.

Profiling Discourse Participants

Forms and functions in Spanish conversation and debates

Author: Barbara De Cock

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 902727021X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 307

View: 6862

The construction of discourse is a challenging field where many discourse structures and interactional effects remain poorly understood. This analysis provides a systematic explanation for the way in which discourse participants (speaker and hearer) are construed in Spanish through a corpus-driven analysis of informal conversation, TV-debates and parliamentary debates. It deals not only with person deixis, but with the full range of possibilities speakers choose from when profiling their self or their relationship with the interlocutor. This analysis also offers new insights into the operationalization of the concepts of subjectivity and intersubjectivity as tools for the analysis of person reference and genre comparison. The comparative and corpus-driven approach offers methodological tools for genre analysis that can be transposed to other languages and/or genres. The detailed description of three socially highly relevant discourse types from a cognitive-functional perspective makes this book a useful resource not only for pragmatists but also for researchers in political and media discourse.

Studies in Political Humour

In Between Political Critique and Public Entertainment

Author: Villy Tsakona,Diana Elena Popa

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027206376

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

View: 5653

If politics is a serious matter and humour a funny one, this volume investigates how and why the boundaries between the two are blurred: politics can be represented in a humorous manner and humour can have a serious intent. It shows how political humour can be manipulated in public debates or become an integral part of postmodern art.

Cross-cultural Perspectives on Parliamentary Discourse

Author: Paul Bayley

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027227003

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 3181

The activity of parliaments is largely linguistic activity: they produce talk and they produce texts. Broadly speaking, the objectives that this discourse aims to satisfy are similar all over the world: to legitimate or contest legislation, to represent diverse interests, to scrutinise the activity of government, to influence opinion and to recruit and promote political actors. But the discourse of different national parliaments is subject to variation, at all linguistic levels, on the basis of history, cultural specificity, and political culture in particular. Through the use of various analytical tools of functional linguistics, this volume seeks to provide explanatory analyses of parliamentary discourse in different countries – Britain, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States – and to explore its peculiarities. Each chapter outlines a particular methodological framework and its application to instances of parliamentary discourse on important issues such as war, European integration, impeachment and immigration.

Text and Interpretation

New Approaches in the Criticism of the New Testament

Author: Patrick J. Hartin,Jacobus H. Petzer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004094017

Category: Religion

Page: 326

View: 3898

"Text and Interpretation" offers a concise insight into the many new approaches adopted in more recent New Testament interpretation. Written mainly by South African New Testament scholars, this work provides a guide to the theory and the practice of these new approaches and renders them more readily accessible.

Analysing Citizenship Talk

Social positioning in political and legal decision-making processes

Author: Heiko Hausendorf,Alfons Bora

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027293805

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 4728

Citizenship talk refers to various types of discourse initiated to make citizens take part in politically and socially contested decision-making processes (‘citizen participation’). ‘Citizenship’ has, accordingly, become one of the dazzling key words whenever the democratic deficit of modern societies is moaned about. Asking for citizenship to be conceived of as a communicative achievement, the present book shows that sociolinguistics and pragmatics can essentially contribute to this interdisciplinary up-to-date issue of research: the volume offers a theoretically innovative concept of communicated citizenship and it presents a set of methodological approaches suited to deal with this concept at an empirical level (including contributions from Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Positioning Theory, Speech Act Theory and Ethnography). Furthermore, concrete data and empirical analyses are provided which take up the case of decision-making processes around the application of modern ‘green’ biotechnology (‘GMO field trials’). The volume thus illustrates the kind of findings and results that can be expected from this new and promising approach towards citizenship talk.

Language and Journalism

Author: John Richardson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317988744

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 154

View: 2731

This book is an indispensable "cutting edge" book for students and researchers of journalism studies seeking a text that illustrates and applies a range of linguistic and discourse-analytic approaches to the analysis of journalism. While the form, function and politics of the language of journalism have attracted scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines, too often this analysis has reduced the work of journalists to text-characteristics alone. In contrast, this collection is united by the principle that journalistic discourse is always socially situated and the result of a series of processes – produced by journalists in accordance with particular production techniques and in specific institutional settings – and as such, analysis requires more than the methods offered by linguists. The contributors to this book draw on a range of the most prominent theoretical and methodological approaches to media discourse – including Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, the APPRAISAL framework, Multi-modal Analysis and Rhetoric – in making sense of the language of newspapers (national, local and minority press), television and online journalism. Written in an engaging style by distinguished academic authorities, this book provides a state-of-the-art review of the subject. This book was published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

Affective Publics

Sentiment, Technology, and Politics

Author: Zizi Papacharissi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190243031

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

View: 9190

Over the past few decades, we have witnessed the growth of movements using digital means to connect with broader interest groups and express their points of view. These movements emerge out of distinct contexts and yield different outcomes, but tend to share one thing in common: online and offline solidarity shaped around the public display of emotion. Social media facilitate feelings of engagement, in ways that frequently make people feel re-energized about politics. In doing so, media do not make or break revolutions but they do lend emerging, storytelling publics their own means for feeling their way into events, frequently by making those involved a part of the developing story. Technologies network us but it is our stories that connect us to each other, making us feel close to some and distancing us from others. Affective Publics explores how storytelling practices facilitate engagement among movements tuning into a current issue or event by employing three case studies: Arab Spring movements, various iterations of Occupy, and everyday casual political expressions as traced through the archives of trending topics on Twitter. It traces how affective publics materialize and disband around connective conduits of sentiment every day and find their voice through the soft structures of feeling sustained by societies. Using original quantitative and qualitative data, Affective Publics demonstrates, in this groundbreaking analysis, that it is through these soft structures that affective publics connect, disrupt, and feel their way into everyday politics.

Neoliberalism, Media and the Political

Author: S. Phelan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137308362

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

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Neoliberalism, Media and the Political examines the condition of media and journalism in neoliberal cultures. Emphasizing neoliberalism's status as a political ideology that is simultaneously hostile to politics, the book presents a critical theoretical argument supported by empirical illustrations from New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and the US.

Heavenly Bodies

Film Stars and Society

Author: Richard Dyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136000704

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 8482

Richard Dyer's classic study of movie stars and stardom has been updated, with a new introduction by the author discussing the rise of celebrity culture and developments in the study of stars since publication of the first edition in 1986. Dyer's illuminating study is based around case studies of three major stars: Marilyn Monroe, Paul Robeson and Judy Garland. He draws on a wide range of sources, including the films in which each star appeared, to illustrate how each star's persona was constructed, and goes on to examine each within the context of particular issues in fan culture and stardom. Students of film and cultural studies will find this an invaluable part of there course reading.

Language and Politics

Author: John Earl Joseph

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748624522

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 170

View: 3396

Language, this book argues, is political from top to bottom, whether considered at the level of an individual speaker's choice of language or style of discourse with others, or at the level of political rhetoric, or indeed all the way up to the formationof national languages.

Discourse and Power

Author: Teun Van Dijk

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230574090

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 524

Teun Van Dijk is one of the most influential and significant scholars Critical Discourse analysis. This collection brings together his most important writing, with a substantial introduction, positioning the essays for the undergraduate market within the context of his own work and within broader developments in CDA. Teun Van Dijk's work is already widely studied at undergraduate level, and this new collection will make his work more accessible and easily available to the undergraduate student. It will also include suggestions for further study.