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Speaker Involvement in Political Interviews

Jana Kozubíková Šandová

This book offers a pragma-semantic analysis of linguistic means expressing speaker involvement in the genre of political interview. The research is based on an analysis of 40 interviews with British and American politicians. The aim of this work is to confirm or reject the claim that the genre of political interview is detached and impersonal as is typical of any other type of formal interaction. The study also investigates whether female politicians are more indeterminate in their expression than male politicians, and whether the expression of males is matter-of-fact and more precise. The book provides new insights into the genre of political interview and contributes to the study of speaker involvement and means of its expression.
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7 Intensification of the Illocutionary Force

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7.1 Introduction

Drawing on the introduction to differences between hedging and boosting devices, this chapter explores the boosting devices in the corpus of political interviews. It provides classifications of boosters (Section 7.2) followed by an analysis of the frequency of their occurrence in the corpus (Section 7.3). Chapter 7.4 provides a description of pragmatic functions of boosters in the corpus. It also examines the differences between male and female politicians in the use of boosters and their functions.

As already stated above, there are particular linguistic devices that are employed by speakers to intensify the illocutionary force of their utterances. “The meaning becomes reinforced, underlined, exaggerated, explicit” (Urbanová 2003:66).

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