LINGUIST List 14.2639

Wed Oct 1 2003

Books: Discourse Analysis, Arabic Egyptian: Dunne

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  1. paul, Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse

Message 1: Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 16:10:16 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse

Title: Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 6
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Michele Durocher Dunne				

Hardback: ISBN: 9027226962, Pages: xii, 179 pp., Price: EUR 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588113949, Pages: xii, 179 pp., Price: USD 80.00

When politicians and pundits in the Middle East discuss democracy, do
they mean it? Looking at public discourse about democracy in
contemporary Egypt, Dunne proposes a fresh way of reading Arabic
political discourse. She charts a method combining ethnographic
research into communities of people producing political discourse with
investigation of the texts themselves, using tools from anthropology,
pragmatics, and sociolinguistics - a method with broad applicability
to political discourse generally. Taking off from the premise that all
discourse is based in social interaction, this book demonstrates that
looking at the ways individuals and groups use public discourse to
perform critical social and political functions yields entirely new
perspectives on the significance of the discourse.

Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse is a valuable
resource for students of linguistics, political science, democracy
studies, Arabic language, and Middle East area studies.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements v 
1. Introduction: Context, data, methods 1-12 
2. Political talk as mediated discourse 13-42 
3. Situating the Discourse 43-72 
4. Identities under construction 73-94 
5. Power relations replicated and challenged 95-125 
6. Conclusion: The irresistible discourse 127-132 
References 133-137 
Appendix A: Transliteration and transcription key 139-140 
Appendix B: Excerpt from Mubarak speech delivered October 5, 1999
Appendix C: Excerpt from Mubarak speech delivered November 13, 1999
Appendix D: September petition text 159-163 
Appendix E: Excerpts from two articles by Fahmi Huwaydi 164-169 
Appendix F: Excerpts from two articles by Hala Mustafa 170-176 
Index 177-178

Lingfield(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Egyptian Spoken (Language Code: ARZ)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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