Analysing Political Discourse: Theory and Practice

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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Analysing Political Discourse is an essential read for anyone interested in the way language is used in the world of politics. Based on Aristotle's premise that we are all political animals, able to use language to pursue our own ends, the book uses the theoretical framework of linguistics to explore the ways in which we think and behave politically. Domestic and global politics come under the linguistic microscope. What do politicians really do in a radio interview? What verbal games do they play? The book draws on contemporary and high profile case studies, including the Stephen Lawrence murder trial. International in its perspective, Analysing Political Discourse also considers the changing landscape of global and political language post-September 11, focusing on self-legitimising language and the increasing use of religious imagery in political discourse. Bill Clinton's address persuading his country to go to war in Kosovo is analysed, and speeches by George Bush and Osama bin Laden are examined in relation to each other. Written in a lively and engaging style, Analysing Political Discourse offers a new theoretical perspective on the study of language and politics, and provides
 

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Contents

Politics and language
3
Language and politics
16
Interaction
30
Representation
48
The domestic arena
67
Political interviews
69
Parliamentary language
92
Foreigners
110
Worlds apart
154
The role of religion
173
Concluding thoughts
195
Towards a theory of language and politics
197
Appendix
206
Notes
207
Bibliography
213
Name index
221

The global arena
135
Distant places
137

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