Political Discourse in Transition in Europe 1989-1991

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The year 1989 brought political upheavals in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the effects of which have not yet ended. The political discourse of the Cold War period disintegrated and gave way to competing alternatives. The contributors to this book are linguists, discourse analysts and social scientists, from all corners of the continent, whose tools of analysis shed light on the crucial two years of transition during which political concepts and political interaction ...
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Overview

The year 1989 brought political upheavals in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the effects of which have not yet ended. The political discourse of the Cold War period disintegrated and gave way to competing alternatives. The contributors to this book are linguists, discourse analysts and social scientists, from all corners of the continent, whose tools of analysis shed light on the crucial two years of transition during which political concepts and political interaction changed in dramatic and sometimes violent ways.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556193293
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/15/1998
  • Series: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, #36
  • Pages: 284

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Note on Contributors
Introduction: Political Discourse and the European Transformation 1
1 A Chronology of Change 3
2 Making Sense of the Cold War's Collapse 15
3 The Pragmatics of Transition 25
Pt. 1 The Collapse of Soviet Discourse 35
4 The Collapse of Empire and Search for Cultural Identity 37
5 Processes of Political Communication in the USSR 51
6 The Restructuring of Soviet Political Discourse 69
Pt. 2 Political Vocabulary in Transition 85
7 From Comrades to Consumers: Interpersonal Aspects of the Lexicon 87
8 Breakthrough and Blind Alley: The Lexicon of Perestroika 95
9 Opposition Discourse in Russia: Political Pamphlets 1989-91 111
10 Justice, Equality and Freedom: The Structure of Value Concepts 131
11 Continuity and Change: German Discourse after Unification 147
12 Translating the Transition: What is the Russian for 'Perestroika'? 173
Pt. 3 Discourse, Identity and Conflict 189
13 The Construction of Nation and State: Discourse and Social Space 191
14 Cognitive Dimensions of Identity: Ethnic Stereotypes in Poland 215
15 Defining Democracy: Transitional Discourse in Georgia 1990-91 233
16 Language and Identity in Bosnia-Herzegovina 251
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