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Tue Jan 18 2022

Books: The Discourse of Conflict and Crisis: Cap

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Date: 01-Nov-2021
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Subject: The Discourse of Conflict and Crisis: Cap
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Title: The Discourse of Conflict and Crisis
Subtitle: Poland’s Political Rhetoric in the European Perspective
Published: 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Piotr Cap
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350135642 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: PDF
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350135659 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: ePub
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350135635 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 95.00

This book explores the linguistic patterns of conflict, crisis and threat generation in Polish political rhetoric that have been at the heart of state-level policies since the Law and Justice (PiS) Party came to power in October 2015.

Analysing a vast corpus of speeches, statements and remarks by prominent Law and Justice Party politicians, this book sheds light on internal parliamentary and presidential discourse against opponents of the government, before widening its lens to Poland's strained relations with the EU regarding refugee distribution and immigration. Drawing on theories from contemporary critical discourse studies and critical-cognitive pragmatics, the book shows how the crisis, conflict and threat elements in these discourses produce public coercion and strengthen the Party's leadership.

Piotr Cap extends his argument further to examine discursive examples from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy and the UK, highlighting the correlation between the Law and Justice Party and broader socio-political and rhetorical trends in contemporary Europe. The result is an authoritative panorama of the mutual dependencies and shared discursive strategies of European right-wing groups.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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