Description - The Linguistics of Political Argument by Alan Partington
This text examines the relationship between the White House, in the person of its press secretary, and the press corps through a linguistic analysis of the language used by both sides. A corpus was compiled of around 50 press briefings from 1996 to 1999, covering the period of the Kosovo crisis as well as covering a number of topics, from the budget to the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. This work demonstrates how concordance technology and the detailed linguistic evidence available in corpora can be used to study discourse features of text and communicative strategies of speakers. It should be of interest to linguists involved in corpus-based linguistics and pragmatics, as well as sociolinguists and students and scholars interested in communications, politics and the media.
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Author Biography - Alan Partington
Alan Partington is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Faculty of Political Science, Camerino University (Italy). He has published in the fields of phonetics, CALL, lexicology and corpus linguistics, and is the author of Patterns and Meanings: Using corpora for English language research and teaching (1998, Benjamins). He is currently researching ways in which corpus techniques can be used to study features of discourse.