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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 include conference papers on the morpho-syntactic analysis of grammatical patterns exhibited by the Romanian language, as well as monographs and dictionaries published in collaboration with other reputed researchers. Maria-Ionela Neagu is Associate Professor at the Philology Department of Petroleum- Gas University of Ploiesti and a committed researcher whose major fields of study range from English Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Argumentation Theory and Cognitive Semantics to Applied Linguistics and ELT Methodology. She has published widely in reputed academic journals and volumes of national and international conferences.

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