European Parliaments under Scrutiny: Discourse strategies and interaction practices (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 38)

European Parliaments under Scrutiny: Discourse strategies and interaction practices (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 38)

By: Cornelia Ilie (editor)Hardback

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In the European tradition, parliaments are central political institutions that play a crucial role in the development of democratic societies. No other institution regularly offers a public arena for open deliberation and dissent, for discussing opposite points of view and for reaching compromise solutions between political adversaries. However, in spite of the growing visibility of modern parliaments, the study of parliamentary language use, interaction practices and discourse strategies has long been under-researched. Based on extensive parliamentary data, this book integrates a rich variety of innovative analytical approaches that explore the far-reaching impacts of parliamentary practices and linguistic strategies on current political action and interaction. Individual chapters problematise and re-evaluate the discourse-shaped identities and roles of Members of Parliament, the structure and functions of parliamentary discourse genres, interpersonal behaviour and intertextual meaning co-construction in post-Communist parliaments. They offer broad cross-cultural perspectives on parliamentary discursive psychology and argumentation. The book provides essential reading for scholars and students of language and linguistics, rhetoric, political and social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in language and politics.


1. Introduction (by Ilie, Cornelia); 2. Part I. Parliamentary roles and identities; 3. Political identities in parliamentary debates (by Dijk, Teun A. van); 4. Identity co-construction in parliamentary discourse practices (by Ilie, Cornelia); 5. The public and private sphere in parliamentary debate: The construction of the addresser in the Portuguese Parliament (by Aldina Marques, Maria); 6. Part II. Ritualised strategies of parliamentary confrontation; 7. The presentation of a new Government to Parliament from ritual to personalisation: A case study from Italy (by Antelmi, Donella); 8. Patterns of interaction in Austrian parliamentary debates: On the pragmasemantics of unauthorized interruptive comments (by Zima, Elisabeth); 9. The Government control function of the French National Assembly in Questions au gouvernement (by Lorda, Clara Ubaldina); 10. Part III. Procedural, discursive and rhetorical particularities of post-Communist parliaments; 11. Managing dissent and interpersonal relations in the Romanian parliamentary discourse (by Ilie, Cornelia); 12. Parliamentary discourse and political transition: Polish Parliament after 1989 (by Ornatowski, Cezar M.); 13. Czech parliamentary discourse: Parliamentary interactions and the construction of the addressee (by Madzharova Bruteig, Yordanka); 14. Part IV. Contrastive studies of parliamentary rhetoric and argumentation; 15. Ad-hominem arguments in the Dutch and the European Parliaments: Strategic manoeuvring in an institutional context (by Plug, H. Jose); 16. Rhetorical Strategies in the British and Spanish parliaments (by Inigo-Mora, Isabel); 17. Index of names; 18. Index of subjects

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  • ISBN13: 9789027206299
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 378
  • ID: 9789027206299
  • weight: 860
  • ISBN10: 9027206295

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