Politics as Text and Talk

Politics as Text and Talk : Analytic approaches to political discourse

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112489
  • 9781588112484

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. 1. Introduction: Themes and principles in the analysis of political discourse (by Chilton, Paul); 4. Part I: Institutions and identities; 5. 2. Politicization and depoliticization: Employment policy in the European Union (by Muntigl, Peter); 6. 3. Phraseological units in parliamentary discourse (by Elspass, Stephan); 7. 4. Ceremonial text and talk: A functional-pragmatic approach (by Sauer, Christoph); 8. 5. Fragmented Identities: Redefining and recontextualizing national identity (by Wodak, Ruth); 9. Part II: Interaction and cognition; 10. 6. 'Put bluntly, you have something of a credibility problem': Sincerity and credibility in political interviews (by Fetzer, Anita); 11. 7. Political discourse and political cognition (by Dijk, Teun A. van); 12. Indexshow more

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"This book is a useful introduction to concepts and methods in the analysis of political discourse, which is especially welcome at a time when the relationship between politics and language is attracting increasing interest." Norman Faircloughshow more

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