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Information and Persuasion

Studies in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, and Discourse Analysis

Edited By Maria-Ionela Neagu and Domnita Tomescu

This transdisciplinary study gathers research papers that reveal the multifarious facets of the concept of «persuasion». It is argued that regardless of its degree of intentionality, the act of persuasion underlying each information item prompts the interlocutors to cross the borders of political, historical, linguistic, narrative, psychotherapeutic, and even marketing configurations. The contributors’ contention is that political thinking and ideology-grounded linguistic patterns act as a form of social control, both informing and shaping the sense of identity of the manipulated masses and of the oppressed.

«Taking a sociolinguistic turn, this volume of interesting scholarly works addresses matters of ideological loadings in a variety of genres, contributing to the development of new research paradigms.» – Bledar Toska, University of Vlora «Ismail Qemali»

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Domnita Tomescu is Professor at the Philology Department, Faculty of Letters and Sciences, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti. She is also a doctoral coordinator at Ovidius University of Constanta, and a researcher at “Iorgu Iordan-Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest. Her major research and teaching interests focus upon Romanian Linguistics. Her publications range from conference papers on the morpho-syntactic analysis of grammatical patterns exhibited by Romanian language, to monographs and dictionaries published in collaboration with several other researchers, among which we mention: Dictionnaire historique de l’anthroponymie romane, vol III/1, Les animaux. Les mammifères (De Gruyter, 2015), Studii de lingvistică (Editura Universitară, 2013), Dictionnaire historique de l’anthroponymie romane, vol I/2. Bibliographie des sources historiques (De Gruyter, 2010), Limbajul politic românesc actual (Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, 2009).

Maria-Ionela Neagu is Associate Professor at The Philology Department, The Faculty of Letters and Sciences, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti. Her major research and teaching interests are in the fields of English Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Argumentation Theory, Cognitive Semantics, Applied Linguistics, and ELT Methodology. She has published widely in reputed academic journals and volumes of national and international conferences. Her books include Politici lingvistice educationale in Romania/Language Education Policies in Romania (Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, 2008), English Syntax. Basic Concepts (Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, 2009), Decoding Political Discourse. Conceptual Metaphors and Argumentation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Persuasive Games in Political and Professional Dialogue (co-editor) (John Benjamins, 2015).

Sky Marsen is Associate Professor in Communication in the College of Humanities,...

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