Face-attack in Georgian political discourse. Using examples from TV debates between female politicians during the pre-election campaign for the Parliamentary elections of 2012 (Manana Rusieshvili-Cartledge)
Manana Rusieshvili-Cartledge Face-attack in Georgian political discourse Using examples from TV debates between female politicians during the pre-election campaign for the Parliamentary elections of 2012 Abstract This study is based on the analysis of empirical data made up from transcriptions of four political talk shows dedicated to pre-election debates with Georgian female political leaders taking part and broadcast on several Georgian TV channels (both government and opposition –oriented) during JanuarytoSeptember 2012. The chapter explores the ways politicians perform face-attack over their opponents. More specifically, it explores (1) linguistic and extra-linguistic strategies of face-attack employed in the Georgian political CofP (Community of Practice) by Georgian female leaders while defending their political stance in the pre-election period, (2) the reasons behind the face-attack and their connection with gender and power and (3) consistency in using “feminine” or “masculine” styles in debates. Keywords: face-attack, impoliteness, political discourse, gender 1. Introduction As is known, while presenting their political views, politicians frequently compare them with the opposing parties’ platforms in order to make their advantages clearly visible to the public. This process becomes especially acute and obvious during the pre-electioncampaign and is frequently accompanied by a number of face-threatening and face-damagingacts such as direct and indirect accusations, sarcasm, irony and even abuse. One important research issueexplored in this paper is the choice of linguistic and extra-linguistic strategies which Georgian female politicians employ while discussing and debating the advantages of their political stance over their opponents and the possible reasons behind the face-attack which both parties...
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