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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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8 Attenuation of the Illocutionary Force


8.1 Introduction

As in the previous chapter dealing with boosting devices, this section will be structured in a similar way. First, it will introduce classifications of hedging devices (Subchapter 8.2), the next section will deal with the frequency of hedges in the corpus (Section 8.3) and finally, in Section 8.4 quantitative and qualitative analyses of pragmatic functions of hedges will be given.

8.2 Classifications of Hedges

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