Political Discourse in the Media

Cross-cultural perspectives


Author: Anita Fetzer,Gerda Eva Lauerbach

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027292272

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 379

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This book departs from the premise that political discourse is intrinsically connected with media discourse, as shaped by its cultural and transcultural characteristics. It presents a collection of papers which examine political discourse in the media from a cross-culturally comparative perspective in Arab, Dutch, British, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Israeli, Swedish, US-American and international contexts. By using different theoretical frameworks, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis, pragmatics and systemic functional linguistics, the papers reflect current moves in political discourse analysis to cross-disciplinary and methodological boundaries by integrating semiotics, particularly multimodality, cognition, context, genre and recipient design.

Language, Society and Power

An Introduction


Author: Annabelle Mooney,Betsy Evans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429823398

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 298

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Language, Society and Power is an accessible introduction to studying language in a variety of social contexts. This book examines the ways language functions, how it influences the way we view society and how it varies according to age, ethnicity, class and gender. It considers whether representations of people and their language matter, explores how identity is constructed and performed, and considers the creative potential of language in the media, politics and everyday talk. The fifth edition of this popular textbook features:  Updated chapters with new activities;  Examples that include material related to youth language, computer-mediated communication, texting and electronic communication;  New material on online mass media, fake news and Twitter as a form of political agency;  More discussion of social media, social networking, memes and mobile communication;  An introduction to the concepts of translanguaging and superdiversity;  An expanded Gender chapter that questions binary gender identities;  A companion website which includes more video material to support learning as students make their way through the book. Language, Society and Power assumes no linguistic background among readers, and is a must-read for all students of English language and linguistics, media, communication, cultural studies, sociology and psychology who are studying language and society for the first time.

Email Hoaxes

Form, function, genre ecology


Author: Theresa Heyd

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027290539

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

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How genres emerge and evolve on the Internet has become one of the central questions in studies of computer-mediated communication (CMC). This book addresses the issue of genrefication by giving an in-depth analysis of email hoaxes as a candidate for digital genre status. Email hoaxes are deceptive messages that spread in digital social networks; they are a fascinating object for discourse linguistics as they exemplify a major pragmatic tendency in CMC, namely deceptivity and a lowering of sincerity standards. This study examines formal and functional aspects of email hoaxes and provides ample evidence both from a systematized corpus and in situ data collected online. Besides a structural and microlinguistic analysis, it identifies key issues such as pragmatic duality, narrativity and textual variation and change in email hoaxes. In conclusion, a digital genre model is outlined that bridges both the old/new and the formal/functional gaps and may be applied to many other digital genre ecologies.

The Power of Silence

Social and Pragmatic Perspectives


Author: Adam Jaworski

Publisher: Sage Publications, Incorporated


Category: Self-Help

Page: 191

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"Adam Jaworski tells his reader in the preface to The Power of Silence that he wants 'to show silence as a rich and powerful tool of communication and to provide some clues as to how it works in different areas of human communication and how it can be accounted for by various theories.' Jaworski does this, and more, in this very extensive exploration of silence as a means of communication. . . The gems of Jaworski's discussion come through his examples, which are woven together from his own Polish background and an astute coverage of cross-cultural (Polish, Amish, Apache), feminist and mass media research on silence. The book covers a broad scope of orientations: linguistic, psycholinguistic, paralinguistic, ethnographic, pragmatic, literary, and artistic. As such, The Power of Silence has broad appeal to anyone who deals even marginally with communication issues, especially teachers, who will appreciate his coverage of silence in the classroom. . . Jaworski's book serves the necessary function of bringing together various types of research on silence into one volume. . . . He has accomplished his task. It would not be a mistake to recommend the book to students as an introduction to silence and communication. Jaworski's full bibliography, and the book overall, is an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistics, communication theory, discourse analysis, political communication, literature, the rhetoric of art, intercultural communication, women and language, and mass media." --Discourse & Society Is silence the antithesis of communication? Or is it simply another way in which humans exchange information? In this theoretical yet accessible account of a variety of different aspects of silence, Jaworski contends that silence is an extremely powerful communicative tool. This innovative volume includes a research overview that shows the influence of related work in the fields of media studies, politics, gender studies, aesthetics, and literature. For example, one section of the book illustrates the power of silencing in politics; another chapter emphasizes the importance of silence beyond linguistics and politics in terms of artistic expression. By incorporating the work of a wide array of theorists--such as Brown and Levinson (politeness), Leach (taboo), Rosch (prototypes), and Sperber and Wilson (relevance)--Jaworski keeps his approach intentionally broad and eclectic in order to explore the concept of silence as a rich and evocative aspect of communication. The author argues that, in theoretically pragmatic terms, silence can be accounted for by the same principles as those of speech. He then investigates new ways of studying socially-motivated language, particularly emphasizing silence and the silenced. By applying several frameworks of analyses to both linguistic and non-linguistic dimensions of silence, Jaworski contributes to the integrative study of culture, of which language is an integral part. Researchers, professors, and advanced students throughout communication studies and sociolinguistics will find this volume to be an innovative and essential resource.

Resources in Education

Annual Cumulation: 1997: Abstracts


Author: N.A

Publisher: Oryx Press

ISBN: 9781573560764

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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Sociological Abstracts


Author: Leo P. Chall

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

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CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.