Analysing Political Discourse: Theory and Practice

Analysing Political Discourse: Theory and Practice

by Paul Chilton, Chilton Paul


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This is an essential read for anyone interested in the way language is used in the world of politics. Based on Aristotle's premise that we are all political animals, able to use language to pursue our own ends, the book uses the theoretical framework of linguistics to explore the ways in which we think and behave politically. Contemporary and high profile case studies of politicians and other speakers are used, including an examination of the dangerous influence of a politician's words on the defendants in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial.
International in its perspective, Analysing Political Discourse also considers the changing landscape of political language post-September 11, including the increasing use of religious imagery in the political discourse of, amongst others, George Bush.
Written in a lively and engaging style, this book provides an essential introduction to political discourse analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415314725
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part One: Political Animals as Articulate Mammals; 1 Politics of Language; 2 Language and Politics; 3 Interaction; 4 Representation; Part Two: The Domestic Arena; 5 Political Interviews; 6 Parliamentary Language; 7 Foreigners; Part Three: The Global Arena; 8 Distant Places; 9 Worlds Apart; 10 The Role of Religion; Concluding Thoughts; 11 Towards a Theoretical Framework

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