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Full Title: Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse

Short Title: IPrA
Location: New Delhi, India
Start Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Contact: Anita Fetzer
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Meeting Description: (Accepted) Panel: Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse
Organized within the 13th International Pragmatics Conference, to be held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013 by Anita Fetzer, Elda Weizman and Lawrence N. Berlin


Anita Fetzer (
Elda Weizman (
Lawrence N. Berlin (

In our modern societies, political discourse can no longer be conceived of only as a static notion which has been produced at some location and some time. Rather, political discourse has become more and more dynamic due, in part, to our mediatised society, in particular to the so-called ‘new media’. Against this background, it is necessary not only to analyse political discourse as a product, but also as a process. For this reason, the communicative act of follow-up, which is a process-oriented concept par excellence, is expected to shed new light on the process-oriented nature of political discourse.

This panel focuses on the analysis of the forms and functions of follow-ups, that is, how a particular discourse, discourse topic, or discourse contribution is taken up and negotiated between the communicators, and how it is commented on. Follow-ups are examined as communicative acts, in and through which the pragmatic force and/or content of a prior communicative act is accepted, challenged, or otherwise negotiated and elaborated on 1) in a narrow sense with reference to a locally adjacent communicative act or 2) in a broader sense with reference to some communicative act of the same discourse or of other discourses.

The discourses under investigation will comprise political discourse across spoken and written dialogic genres considering 1) the discourse domains of political interview, editorial, op-eds and discussion forum; 2) their sequential organization as regards the status of initial (or 1st order) follow-up, a follow-up of a prior follow-up (2nd order follow-up), or nth-order follow-up; and 3) their discursive realization as regards degrees of indirectness and responsiveness which are conceptualized along continua defined by degree of explicitness and degree of responsiveness (i.e., not containing any attenuation devices).
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 23.3213

This is a session of the following meeting:
13th International Pragmatics Conference

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