Opposition In Discourse

Opposition In Discourse

by Lesley Jeffries
     
 

ISBN-10: 1847065120

ISBN-13: 9781847065124

Pub. Date: 01/29/2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Lesley Jeffries introduces a phenomenon which has not been given the attention it deserves - the contextual construction of oppositional meaning. These are opposites not recognisable as such out of context but that are clearly set up this way in the text concerned.

The significance of oppositional meaning is well-known, and has been

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Lesley Jeffries introduces a phenomenon which has not been given the attention it deserves - the contextual construction of oppositional meaning. These are opposites not recognisable as such out of context but that are clearly set up this way in the text concerned.

The significance of oppositional meaning is well-known, and has been discussed by scholars for millennia, from Philosophy to Politics. But the main emphasis has always been on the conventional opposite: the opposite recognised by lexical semantics.

Starting from socio-cultural viewpoints, moving to original research and then concluding with a new theoretical formulation, this book introduces and consolidates a significant new approach to the analysis of oppositional meaning. It closes with a discussion of the importance of constructed opposition in hegemonic practice and makes a case for the inclusion of opposition as a central tool of critical discourse analysis. It will be essential reading for researchers and graduates in stylistics, linguistics and language studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847065124
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/29/2010
Series:
Advances in Stylistics Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What are opposites? 1

Ch. 2 How opposites are constructed in texts and what they mean 28

Ch. 3 Literary effects of constructed opposition 54

Ch. 4 The role of opposition-construction in discourse meanings 78

Ch. 5 The significance of opposition in language and texts 109

Notes 134

Bibliography 137

Index 141

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