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Tue Jun 28 2011

Diss: Pragmatics: Šandová: 'Speaker's Involvement in Political...'

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Message 1: Speaker's Involvement in Political Interviews
Date: 27-Jun-2011
From: Jana Kozubíková Šandová <janasandovayahoo.com>
Subject: Speaker's Involvement in Political Interviews
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Institution: Masaryk University
Program: English Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Jana Kozubíková Šandová

Dissertation Title: Speaker's Involvement in Political Interviews

Dissertation URL:
http://is.muni.cz/th/237939/ff_d?info=1;zpet=%2Fvyhledavani%2F%3Fsearch%3Di

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Dissertation Director(s):
Naděžda Kudrnáčová

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis presents a pragma-semantic analysis of linguistic means expressing
the speaker's involvement in the genre of political interview. The research is
based on an analysis of a corpus of 40 interviews with British and American
politicians. The aim of the present thesis is to confirm or reject the claim
that the genre of political interview is detached and impersonal as is typical
of any other type of formal interaction. This thesis also investigates whether
female politicians are more indeterminate and vague in their expression than
male politicians, and whether the expression of male politicians is
matter-of-fact and more precise. Linguistic means expressing the speaker's
involvement examined in this thesis are boosting and hedging devices and modal
expressions, which contribute to the modification of the illocutionary force of
utterances. All these means are quantitatively analysed and interpreted from the
point of view of their pragmatic functions.

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