Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Parliamentary Discourse

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Parliamentary Discourse

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 154.9 x 218.4 x 27.9mm | 680.4g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588114775
  • 9781588114778

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The whys and wherefores of analysing parliamentary discourse (by Bayley, Paul); 2. Insulting as (un)parliamentary practice in the British and Swedish parliaments: A rhetorical approach (by Ilie, Cornelia); 3. Negotiating conflict: Interruptions in British and Italian parliamentary debates (by Bevitori, Cinzia); 4. Consent and dissent in British and Italian parliamentary debates on the 1998 Gulf Crisis (by Vasta, Nicoletta); 5. Legitimising and informative discourse in the Kosovo debates in the British House of Commons and the Italian Chamber of Deputies (by Dibattista, Denise); 6. Threat and fear in parliamentary debates in Britain, Germany and Italy (by Bayley, Paul); 7. Ways of talking about work in parliamentary discourse in Britain and Spain (by Bayley, Paul); 8. 'Truth, Justice and the American way': The APPRAISAL SYSTEM of JUDGEMENT in the U.S. House debate on the impeachment of the President, 1998 (by Miller, Donna R.); 9. Parliamentary discourse when things go wrong: Mapping histories, contexts, conflicts (by Carbo, Teresa); 10. Text and Context of parliamentary debates (by Dijk, Teun A. van)show more

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