Cross-cultural Perspectives on Parliamentary Discourse

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Paul Bayley
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Political Science - 384 pages
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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 immigration.
 

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Contents

The whys and wherefores of analysing parliamentary
1
Insulting as unparliamentary practice in the British and Swedish
45
Interruptions in British and Italian
87
Consent and dissent in British and Italian parliamentary debates
111
Legitimising and informative discourse in the Kosovo debates in
151
Threat and fear in parliamentary debates in Britain Germany and Italy
185
Ways of talking about work in parliamentary discourse in Britain
237
The APPRAISAL SYSTEM
271
Mapping histories
301
Text and context of parliamentary debates
339
Author index
373
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