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Discourse and Contemporary Social Change

Fairclough, Norman / Cortese, Giuseppina / Ardizzone, Patrizia (eds)

Discourse and Contemporary Social Change

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 54

Year of Publication: 2007

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 555 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-276-0 pb.  (Softcover)
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Book synopsis

This book draws together a rich variety of perspectives on discourse as a facet of contemporary social change, representing a number of different disciplines, theoretical positions and methods. The specific focus of the volume is on discourse as a moment of social change, which can be seen to involve objects of research which comprise versions of some or all of the following research questions: How and where did discourses (narratives) emerge and develop? How and where did they achieve hegemonic status? How and where and how extensively have they been recontextualized? How and where and to what extent have they been operationalized? The dialectical approach indicated above implies that discourse analysis includes analysis of relations between language (more broadly, semiosis) and its social ‘context’.

Contents

Contents: Norman Fairclough: Introduction – Norman Fairclough: The Contribution of Discourse Analysis to Research on Social Change – Paul Bayley: Terror in Political Discourse from the Cold War to the Unipolar World – Alison Duguid: Soundbiters Bit. Contracted Dialogistic Space and the Textual Relations of the No. 10 Team Analysed through Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies – Douglas Ponton: When is it Reasonable to Cooperate? Tony Blair’s Statement on the Iraqi Crisis – Caroline Clark: A War of Words: A Linguistic Analysis of BBC Embed Reports during the Iraq Conflict – Maurizio Gotti: Globalisation and Discursive Changes in Specialised Contexts – Fred Gardaphé: Language in Fiction: Italian at Work in Italian American Novels – Patrizia Ardizzone: Whose Language Counts? Language Policy in the United States and Contemporary Social Change – Marina Dossena: Scots in Institutional Discourse: «Walcome til the Scottish Pairlament Wabsite» – Siria Guzzo: Multilingualism and Language Variation in the British Isles: The Case of the Bedford Italian Community – Martin Solly: Linguistic Choice in Contemporary Educational Reform – Teun A. Van Dijk: Comments on Context and Conversation – Robert Viscusi: Italy: Two Episodes in the History of a National Brand – John Douthwaite: Ideology, Language and Gender Identity in a Detective Story – Giuseppina Cortese: Perspectivity in Human Rights Treaty Ratification: The Convention on the Rights of the Child – Federica Ferrari: G. W. Bush’s Public Speeches to the Nation: Exploiting Emotion in Persuasion – Marina Bondi: Key-words and Emotions: A Case Study of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry – Amelie Kutter: Petitioner or Partner? Constructions of European Integration in Polish Print Media Debates on the EU Constitutional Treaty – J. W. Unger/Jane Sunderland: Gendered Discourses in a Contemporary Animated Film: Subversion and Confirmation of Gender Stereotypes in Shrek – Giuseppe Balirano: De-stereotyping Otherness: A Multimodal Script Analysis of Semiotically Expressed Humour – Maxine Lipson: The Ubiquitous Machine: Visual Texts in the BBC Coverage of the Iraqi Conflict – Ira Torresi: Quick Temper, Hot Blood: The Filmic Representation of Italian-American Speech and Rhetorical Strategies.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Norman Fairclough is Emeritus Professor at Lancaster University, UK, and Emeritus Research Fellow in Lancaster’s Institute for Advanced Studies. His research interests are centred upon taking a critical discourse-analytical ‘point of entry’ in interdisciplinary research on various aspects of contemporary social change, including the ‘marketisation’ of public services, changes in British politics, ‘transition’ in post-communist countries, the emergence of the ‘knowledge-based economy’, and globalization.
Giuseppina Cortese is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Turin. She has contributed to international journals, edited and co-edited volumes (with D. Hymes, P. Riley, A. Duszak) and published on the description, translation and cultural reception of academic/scientific texts in a sociolinguistic and methodological-didactic perspective. She has also researched gender, plurilingual education and, more recently, the discourse of human rights.
Patrizia Ardizzone is Professor of English at the University of Palermo (Faculty of Political Science). Her current research is mainly concerned with discourse analysis, textual and genre analysis of specialized discourse (in particular, the language of politics), bilingualism and translation.

Series

Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 54
Edited by Maurizio Gotti