Human beings are political animals.
They are also articulate mammals.
How are these two aspects linked?
This is a question that is only beginning to be explored. The present collection makes a contribution to the investigations into the use of language in those situations which, informally and intuitively, we call ‘political’. Such an approach is revealing not only for politics itself but also for the human language capacity.
Each chapter outlines a particular method or analytic approach and illustrates its application to a contemporary political issue, institution or mode of political behaviour. As a whole, the collection aims to give a sample of current research in the field. It will interest those who are beginning to carry the research paradigm forward, as well as provide an introduction for newcomers, whether they come from neighbouring or remote disciplines or from none.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 . Introduction: Themes and Principles in the Analysis of Political Discourse
Paul Chilton and Christina Schäffner
Part I: Institutions and Identities
Chapter 2. Politicization and Depoliticization: Employment Policy in the European Union
Chapter 3. Phraseological Units in Parliamentary Discourse
Chapter 4. Ceremonial Text and Talk: A Functional-Pragmatic Approach
Chapter 5. Fragmented Identities: Redefining and Recontextualizing National Identity
Part II. Interaction and cognition
Chapter 6. ‘Put Bluntly, You Have Something of a Credibility Problem’: Sincerity and Credibility in Political Interviews
Chapter 7. Political Discourse and Political Cognition
Teun A. van Dijk