Opposition In Discourse

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Overview

"Lesley Jeffries introduces a phenomenon which has not been given the attention it deserves - the contextual construction of oppositional meaning. These are opposites which not recognisable as such out of context - two different metaphors, for instance - but that are clearly set up as opposites in the text concerned." "The significance of oppositional meaning is well-known, and has been discussed for millennia by scholars 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: 1/29/2010
  • Series: Advanced in Stylistics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Lesley Jeffries is Chair of English Language andDirector of the Stylistics Research Centre at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She is alsoChair of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) from 2007-10.

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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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