Follow-ups in Political Discourse
Explorations across contexts and discourse domains
Elda Weizman | Bar-Ilan University
Anita Fetzer | University of Augsburg
This book explores the various forms and functions of follow-ups in a range of political speech events. Follow-ups are conceptualized as communicative acts, in and through which a prior communicative act is accepted, challenged, or otherwise negotiated by ratified participants in the exchange or by third parties. The broad view suggested here accommodates a large variation in the functions of follow-ups, e.g. positioning, third-party involvement, evaluation and argumentation, ratification, support, challenge and attendance to face wants. These variations are explored in a range of cultural environments, such as the UK, The Netherlands, Israel and France. Inter-cultural exchanges are studied through the analysis of diplomatic discourse, interpreting and cross-cultural comparison.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 60] 2015. xix, 265 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Following up across contexts and discourse domains: IntroductionAnita Fetzer and Elda Weizman | pp. ix–xx
Follow-ups in the new media
Follow-ups in broadcast political discourse: speeches, interviews, and parliamentary questionsPeter Bull | pp. 3–24
Intertextual references in Austrian parliamentary debates: Between evaluation and argumentationHelmut Gruber | pp. 25–56
“I have nothing to do but agree”: Affiliative meta-discursive follow-ups as a resource for the reciprocal positioning of journalists, experts and politicians-as-experts in television newsMichal Hamo | pp. 57–80
Follow-ups across speech events
Bravo for this editorial! Users’ comments in discussion forumsMarjut Johansson | pp. 83–108
Metacommunicative follow-ups in British, German and Russian political webchatsMaria Sivenkova | pp. 109–136
Follow-ups across speech events
Framing the Queen’s head scarf: A case study of follow-ups in Dutch politicsTitus Ensink | pp. 139–168
Follow-ups in political talk shows and their visual framingChristoph Sauer | pp. 169–204
Follow-ups in interpreter-mediated interviews and press conferencesChristina Schäffner | pp. 205–230
Follow-ups in pre-structured communication: The case of treaty monitoringLiudmila Mikalayeva | pp. 231–262
Index | pp. 263–265
“The contributors to this volume build a fascinating picture of the layering of political discourse that goes far beyond focusing simply on the words of politicians themselves. Instead, through the notion of follow-up they cast new light on the discourse processes and practices that govern the circulation and uptake of political discourse. This is an important book that will fundamentally change the way we think about political communication.”
Martin Montgomery, University of Macau
“This provocative and stimulating book is not only just extraordinarily timely, but prophetic. It brings together a fascinating collection of essays that offer a variety of innovative perspectives on the nature and functions of follow-ups communication in different social, cultural, and national settings, further illuminating the importance of language in politics. The different contributions present an ideal blend of theory, research and argument on parliamentary debates, media discourse, and web-chats, and do so in a way that is both sophisticated and accessible. This volume is an ambitious and path-breaking approach to the expanding field of political communication, one that is of interest for communication researchers, political scientists, social psychologists, and linguistics.”
Ofer Feldman, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
“A meticulous and thorough method for analysing one single yet complex practice in political discourse, written by a team of prominent scholars from different academic backgrounds, this book contributes not only to intellectual curiosity but also to the concerns of political activists.”
Chaoqun Xie and Ying Tong, Fujian Normal University / Nanjing Xiaozhuang University, in Functions of Language 26:2 (2019)
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN015000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2015015826 | Marc record