European Parliaments Under Scrutiny: Discourse Strategies and Interaction Practices

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Cornelia Ilie
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 378 pages
In the European tradition, parliaments are central political institutions that play a crucial role in the development of democratic societies. No other institution regularly offers a public arena for open deliberation and dissent, for discussing opposite points of view and for reaching compromise solutions between political adversaries. However, in spite of the growing visibility of modern parliaments, the study of parliamentary language use, interaction practices and discourse strategies has long been under-researched. Based on extensive parliamentary data, this book integrates a rich variety of innovative analytical approaches that explore the far-reaching impacts of parliamentary practices and linguistic strategies on current political action and interaction. Individual chapters problematise and re-evaluate the discourse-shaped identities and roles of Members of Parliament, the structure and functions of parliamentary discourse genres, interpersonal behaviour and intertextual meaning co-construction in post-Communist parliaments. They offer broad cross-cultural perspectives on parliamentary discursive psychology and argumentation. The book provides essential reading for scholars and students of language and linguistics, rhetoric, political and social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in language and politics.
 

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Contents

Discourse strategies and Interaction practices
1
Part I Parliamentary roles and identities
27
Political identities in parliamentary debates
29
Identity coconstruction in parliamentary discourse practices
57
The construction of the addresser in the Portuguese Parliament
79
Part II Ritualised strategies of parliamentary confrontation
109
The presentation of a new Government to Parliament from ritual to personalisation
111
Patterns of interaction in Austrian parliamentary debates
135
Managing dissent and interpersonal relations in the Romanian parliamentary discourse
193
Polish Parliament after 1989
223
Parliamentary interactions and the construction of the addressee
265
Part IV Contrastive studies of parliamentary rhetoric and argumentation
303
Adhominem arguments in the Dutch and the European Parliaments
305
Rhetorical strategies in the British and Spanish parliaments
329
Index of names
373
Index of subjects
375

The Government control function of the French National Assembly in Questions au gouvernement
165
Part III Procedural discursive and rhetorical particularities of postCommunist parliaments
191

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