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Impoliteness in Media Discourse


Edited By Anna Bączkowska

The book presents the issue of impoliteness in media discourse found in television debates, films and computer-mediated communication. The phenomenon is viewed from different theoretical perspectives, namely prosody studies, corpus linguistics, media studies and audiovisual translation, neo-Gricean approaches, reception-oriented investigations and context-bound interpretations. Authors from ten different countries – Sweden, USA, Norway, New Zealand, Mexico, Georgia, France, Poland, India, and UAE – analyse data from nine languages – English, Swedish, Georgian, Polish, Arabic, Persian, French, Croatian and Montenegrin.
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Rude Language in Personal Apologies for a Political Event (Elizabeth Riddle / Mai Kuha)


Elizabeth Riddle

Mai Kuha

Rude Language in Personal Apologies for a Political Event


Over 4,000 Americans posted personal apologies at for George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election as president. These apologies generally include a core speech act (“I’m sorry”), supporting moves such as statements of problem (“We let America down”), and promises of repair (“We’ll fix this”), along with disapproval of Bush and his supporters.

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