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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
Glossary.

Both ambitious and appealing, this truly innovative book is a must-read for students and scholars across the social sciences. – Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, UK
A masterly introduction to the critical linguistic analysis of political speeches and political discourse in general. – Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia, 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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