It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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The War on Terror Narrative
Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality
The War on Terror Narrative analyzes three types of data--presidential
speeches, U.S. media discourse, and focus group interviews--to provide a
longitudinal and holistic study of the formation, circulation, and
contestation of the Bush administration's narrative about the "war on
terror." The narrative sustains, in Foucault's terms, a "regime of truth"
by placing boundaries around what can meaningfully be said and understood
about the subject. Adam Hodges illustrates that even as social actors
resist the narrative and the policy it entails, they appropriate its
language to be heard and understood. While this often works to strengthen
the narrative, discourse is inevitably reshaped as it enters into new
contexts. This recontextualization allows for the introduction of new
meanings, and therein lies the potential for resistance and social
transformation. Hodges argues that applying ideas on intertextuality to the
analysis of political discourse is central to understanding the way
micro-level discursive action contributes to macro-level cultural
narratives like the Bush "War on Terror" narrative.