LINGUIST List 29.4448

Mon Nov 12 2018

Books: Power and Truth in Political Discourse: Anastassov

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Subject: Power and Truth in Political Discourse: Anastassov
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Title: Power and Truth in Political Discourse
Subtitle: Language and Ideological Narratives
Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Author: Vassil Hristov Anastassov
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527507968 Pages: 129 Price: U.K. £ 58.99

The book deals with the linguistic base of political discourse. It offers a theoretical model of the imbalance of power in human interaction from language communication to socio-political relations. It uses the basic principles of social semiotics to create a match between sociolinguistics and political science. The structural “semiology” of Ferdinand de Saussure and Roland Barthes’ and Lévi-Strauss’ “myth” theories are referred to in support of the idea that human collective psychology is regularly manipulated by politically-based ideological narratives that “go without saying”. In the movement “out” of the structuralist binary oppositions between “right” and “wrong”, Derrida’s post-structural “deconstruction” contributes to the critique of western liberal democracy as regards “equality” and communal knowledge about the political truth. The book will appeal to researchers and university students of both linguistics and political science, as well as specialists in philosophy of language, philosophy of politics, communication theory and social psychology.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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