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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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An edited volume represents a great endeavor, involving both courage and sacrifice. Several researchers representing various fields ventured to approach the topic of persuasion once again drawing on well-grounded scholarly work in the attempt to highlight new perspectives, new lines of thinking. This enterprise involved a lot of sacrifice, which is why the editors would like to express their gratitude to all the contributors in this volume.

Special thanks are due to Sky Marsen and Ioana Galleron, as well as to our colleagues Alina Rosca, Mihaela Duma and Loredana Netedu for the time invested in proofreading and copyediting some of the chapters.

We are truly indebted to the editorial team at Peter Lang, particularly to Ute Winkelkötter, Commissioning Editor, and Elisabeth Hanuschkin, Editorial Assistant for their tremendous patience and excellent support throughout the preparation of this book.

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