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Discourse and Contemporary Social Change

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Edited By Norman Fairclough, Guiseppina Cortese and Patrizia Ardizzone

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’.

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NORMAN FAIRCLOUGH Introduction………...……………………………………………… 9 Section 1 Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics NORMAN FAIRCLOUGH The Contribution of Discourse Analysis to Research on Social Change……………………………..……………………………… 25 PAUL BAYLEY Terror in Political Discourse from the Cold War to the Unipolar World…………………………………………….………………… 49 ALISON DUGUID Soundbiters Bit. Contracted Dialogistic Space and the Textual Relations of the No. 10 Team Analysed through Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies.…………………………………………….…… 73 DOUGLAS PONTON When is it Reasonable to Cooperate? Tony Blair’s Statement on the Iraqi Crisis………………………………………….………. 95 CAROLINE CLARK A War of Words: A Linguistic Analysis of BBC Embed Reports during the Iraq Conflict…………………………………………… 119 Section 2 Language Variation and Social Change MAURIZIO GOTTI Globalisation and Discursive Changes in Specialised Contexts..… 143 FRED GARDAPHÉ Language in Fiction: Italian at Work in Italian American Novels... 173 PATRIZIA ARDIZZONE Whose Language Counts? Language Policy in the United States and Contemporary Social Change………………………………… 193 MARINA DOSSENA Scots in Institutional Discourse: “Walcome til the Scottish Pairlament Wabsite”……………………………………………… 213 SIRIA GUZZO Multilingualism and Language Variation in the British Isles: The Case of the Bedford Italian Community...…………………… 233 MARTIN SOLLY Linguistic Choice in Contemporary Educational Reform....……… 259 Section 3 Language, Social Cognition and Ideology TEUN A. VAN DIJK Comments on Context and Conversation………….……………… 281 ROBERT VISCUSI Italy: Two Episodes in the History of a National Brand….………. 317 JOHN DOUTHWAITE Ideology, Language and Gender Identity in a Detective Story…… 331 GIUSEPPINA CORTESE Perspectivity in Human Rights Treaty Ratification: The Convention on the Rights of the Child..……………………… 355 FEDERICA FERRARI G. W. Bush’s Public Speeches to...

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