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A Critical Search for Values in George W. Bush’s State of the Union Addresses

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Agnieszka Sowińska

This book focuses on values and valuation in the State of the Union addresses delivered by the former U.S. President George W. Bush. What values are invoked in the speeches? How are these values constructed? How can they be classified? How are particular construals of values conducive to the actions the speaker wants to legitimize? Drawing on Critical Discourse Studies, the book examines pragmalinguistic tools applied in political legitimization, such as proximization, metaphor or assertion. The analysis reveals three ideological values used in the context of foreign policy making: security, terrorism and freedom.
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Table 1. Positive absolute values and their conceptual centres in Jadwiga Puzynina’s typology of values (Adapted from Puzynina 1992: 40–43)

Table 2. Negative absolute values and their conceptual centres in Jadwiga Puzynina’s typology of values (Adapted from Puzynina 1992: 40–43)

Table 3. Deontic/root modality vs. epistemic modality – basic distinctions (Adapted from Skrzypczak 2006: 193)

Table 4. State of the Union addresses by President George W. Bush, the date of their delivery, the length in words and in minutes

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