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Title: Handbook of Communication in the Public Sphere
Edited By: Ruth Wodak
Veronika Koller
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110188325-1
Series Title: Handbooks of Applied Linguistics [HAL] / Communication Competence. Language and Communication Problems. Practical Solutions 4

As you are reading this, you are finding yourself in the ubiquitous public
sphere that is the Web. Ubiquitous, and yet not universally accessible.
This volume addresses this dilemma of the public sphere, which is by
definition open to everyone but in practice often excludes particular
groups of people in particular societies at particular points in time. The
guiding questions for this collection of articles are therefore: Who has
access to the public sphere? How is this access enabled or disabled? Under
what conditions is it granted or withheld, and by whom?

We regard the public sphere as the nodal point for the discourses of
business, politics and media, and this basic assumption is also reflected
in the structure of the volume. Each of these three macro-topics comprises
chapters by international scholars from a variety of disciplines and
research traditions who each combine up-to-date overviews of the relevant
literature with their own cutting-edge research into aspects of different
public spheres such as corporate promotional communication, political
rhetoric or genre features of electronic mass media.

The broad scope of the volume is perhaps best reflected in a comprehensive
discussion of communication technologies ranging from conventional spoken
and written formats such as company brochures, political speeches and TV
shows to emerging ones like customer chat forums, political blogs and text

Due to the books' wide scope, its interdisciplinary approach and its clear
structure, we are sure that whether you work in communication and media
studies, linguistics, political science, sociology or marketing, you will
find this handbook an invaluable guide offering state-of-the -art
literature reviews and exciting new research in your field and adjacent areas.

From the contents:

Introduction to the handbook series, Karlfried Knapp and Gerd Antos; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Shifting boundaries and emergent public spheres
Veronika Koller and Ruth Wodak

I. Theoretical foundations
1. Language, communication and the public sphere: Definitions, Scott Wright; 2. Public space, common goods, and private interests: Emergent definitions in globally mediated humanity, Phil Graham; 3. Media discourse and the naturalisation of categories, Nick Couldry; 4. Language, communication and the public sphere: A perspective from feminist critical discourse analysis, Michelle M. Lazar

II. Language and communication in business
5. Advertisements and Public Relations, Guy Cook; 6. Language and communication design in the marketplace, Gerlinde Mautner; 7. Identity, image, impression: Corporate self-promotion and public reactions, Veronika Koller; 8. Creating a "green" image in the public sphere: Corporate environmental reports in a genre perspective, Aud Solbjørg Skulstad; 9. Britain™ and "corporate" national identity, Lidia De Michelis

III. Language and communication in politics
10. Political terminology, Paul A. Chilton; 11. Rhetoric of political speeches, Martin Reisigl; 12. Dissemination and implementation of political concepts, Florian Oberhuber; 13. The contribution of critical linguistics to the analysis of discriminatory prejudices and stereotypes in the language of politics, Ruth Wodak; 14. Tabloidisation of political communication in the public sphere,
Werner Holly

IV. Language and communication in the media
15. News genres, Theo van Leeuwen; 16. Specific genre features of new mass media, Helmut Gruber; 17. Specific debate formats of mass media, Kay Richardson; 18. The sounds of silence in the media: Censorship and self-censorship, Christine Anthonissen; 19. Technology, democracy and participation in space, Rodney H. Jones

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110188325
ISBN-13: 9783110188325
Pages: 462
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