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Language, Heart, and Mind

Studies at the intersection of emotion and cognition


Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Valeria Monello and Marco Venuti

A major premise of this book is that language use is critically conditioned by affective content and cognitive factors rather than being a case of objective computation and manipulation of structures. The 21 chapters of this book deals with how language interacts with emotion, and with mind and cognition, from both intralingual and cross-linguistic perspectives. The second major focus is the theoretical framework, best-suited for research relationships between language, cognition, and emotion as well as the effect that emotion has on the conceptualizer who constructs meanings based on language stimuli. Furthermore, the authors investigate how emotion and rational projections of events interact and what their consequences are in the conceptual world, media discourse, and translation.

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19. #ComeOutForTransEquality! Twitter Discourses on the Gender Recognition Act Reform (Marco Venuti)


Marco Venuti

Abstract Recently, we have witnessed a growing interest in the analysis of social media as new public spaces (KhosraviNik, 2014, 2017), and the role of conflict in online interactions (Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, 2015, 2017a, 2017b). Starting from these approaches, this paper investigates the Twitter discourse on the Gender Recognition Act, and its possible reform, characterised by a wide public debate on traditional and new/social media animated by groups campaigning for trans equality and feminist groups protesting against a reform they envisaged as threatening to women’s rights. Following a combined quantitative and qualitative approach to discourse analysis (Partington et al., 2013), the chapter will analyse a corpus of tweets containing the hashtags which characterised the Twitter debate on the issue.

Keywords: (Im)politeness, Social media, Gender recognition act, Political correctness, Online identity, Ideology development, Corpus linguistics

In this chapter,1 we are going to analyse (im)politeness (Culpeper, 2011; Culpeper & Hardaker, 2017) and interaction in Twitter discourses on the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) that took place between July and October 2018.

The choice to focus on tweets to investigate both the interactional and the social dimension of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) debate draws on KhosraviNik’s (2014) remark that “a convergence in communicative modes available on the net has made it both a tool for interpersonal communication and mass communication” (p. 287). Twitter is a microblogging service where users can both publicly express their opinion on a subject through...

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