Opposition In Discourse: The Construction of Oppositional Meaning

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Lesley Jeffries introduces a phenomenon which has not been given the attention it deserves-the contextual construction of oppositional meaning.

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Makes a case for the inclusion of opposition as a central tool of critical discourse analysis.

Breaks new ground and will draw comment and interest from scholars in the field.

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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.

Sales Points

Makes a case for the inclusion of opposition as a central tool of critical discourse analysis.

Breaks new ground and will draw comment and interest from scholars in the field.

Description

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 millennial, 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: 9781441101624
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Series: Advanced In Stylistics Series , #15
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

1 What are opposites?

2 How opposites are constructed in texts and what they mean

3 Textual/meaningful effects of textual opposition

4 The role of opposition-construction in discourse meanings

5 The significance of opposition in language and texts

Bibliography

Index

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