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Analysing Political Speeches (2nd Edition)

Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor

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Exploring speeches by public figures such as Emma Watson, Tony Blair, Donald Trump, Julia Gillard and Lady Gaga, this engaging textbook explains the ways in which political speeches can be analysed. It examines the role of...

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Exploring speeches by public figures such as Emma Watson, Tony Blair, Donald Trump, Julia Gillard and Lady Gaga, this engaging textbook explains the ways in which political speeches can be analysed. It examines the role of language in speeches and how it can be used to challenge or reinforce prevailing social, cultural and political attitudes. Each chapter introduces a particular discourse approach and then applies this in a model analysis of a passage of text. The chosen texts concern issues of social, cultural and political importance that address topics of significant importance to the audience to which they were delivered. Students are encouraged to engage with the text and consider how approaches to text analysis, such as cohesion, context analysis and metaphor analysis, may be adapted to provide a more critical perspective.

This text will be essential reading for students of English Language, Linguistics, Communication Studies and Politics on critical discourse and discourse analysis modules.

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  • Introduces a broad range of theoretical approaches through a practical, pedagogical design which takes students step-by-step through sample text analyses
  • Contains speeches from a range of key figures in politics - present and past - including Emmeline Pankhurst, Barack Obama and Jeremy Corbyn
  • Encourages students to engage with the text through practical exercises




  • Features a new chapter on ad hominem arguments
  • Covers a wider range of genres of political communication, including tweeting, blogging and TV debates



Preface
PART I: TRADITIONAL APPROACHES TO RHETORIC, ORATORY AND DISCOURSE
1. Classical Rhetoric: Artistic Proofs and Arrangement
2. Classical Rhetoric – Style and Figures
3. Cohesion and Coherence in Discourse
4. Ad Hominem Arguments
PART II: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO DISCOURSE
5. Critical Analysis: Context and Persuasion
6. Social Agency and Modality
7. The Discourse-Historical Approach
PART III: CRITICAL METAPHOR ANALYSIS
8. Researching Metaphor in Public Communication
9. Critical Metaphor Methodology
10. Purposeful Metaphor and Social Cognition
11. Rounding up: David Cameron's European Union Speech
Comments on Exercises/Further Reading and References
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Analysing Political Speeches provides a masterly introduction to the linguistic analysis of political speeches and political discourse in general. It combines the insights of classic rhetorical studies into style, figures of speech and oratory with critical discourse analysis and cognitive linguistics to demonstrate how modern rhetoric works.' Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia, UK 
'Consistent with his excellent earlier studies on critical metaphor analysis and related topics, this useful pedagogical introduction offers students a broad range of theory, from classical rhetoric to contemporary Critical Discourse Studies, and many sample political speeches for systematic linguistic, stylistic and rhetorical analysis of persuasion and power abuse.' Teun A. van Dijk, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
'This new textbook is both ambitious and appealing. It offers a compelling read into manifold ways of analysing political speeches systematically and in detail – probably the most visible and influential genre in the field of politics. This truly innovative book is a must read for both students and scholars across the social sciences who would like to understand the complex rhetorical, cognitive and argumentative strategies of persuasion and manipulation employed by politicians at centre stage.' Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, UK
'[A]s an insightful introduction to the role and influence of political speeches in contemporary political dialogue, Charteris-Black has made a significant and instructive contribution to the literature.' - Caryl Thompson, University of Nottingham, UK
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Jonathan Charteris-Black is Professor of Linguistics at the University of the West of England, UK. He is the author of Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis (2004); Politicians and Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Metaphor 2nd edition (2011); The Communication of Leadership (2010) and (with Seale, C) Gender and the Language of Illness (2010) as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

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Jonathan Charteris-Black is Professor of Linguistics at the University of the West of England, UK. He is the author of Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis (2004); Politicians and Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Metaphor 2nd edition (2011); The Communication of Leadership (2010) and (with Seale, C) Gender and the Language of Illness (2010) as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

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