The cognitive poetics of political discourse
Sam Browse | Sheffield Hallam University
This book sets out a framework for investigating audience responses to political discourse. It starts from the premise that audiences are active participants who bring their own background knowledge and political standpoint to the communicative event. To operationalise this perspective, the volume draws on concepts from classical rhetoric alongside contemporary research in cognitive stylistics and cognitive linguistics (including schema theory, Text World Theory, Cognitive Grammar, and mind-modelling, amongst others). It examines the role played by the speaker’s identity, the arguments they make, and the emotions of the audience in the – often critical – reception of political text and talk, using a diversity of examples to illustrate this three-dimensional approach – from political speeches, interviews and newspaper articles, to more creative text-types such as politicised rap music, television satire and filmic drama. The result of this wide-ranging application is a holistic and systematic account of the rhetorical and ideological effects of political discourse in reception.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 31] 2018. xi, 235 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. ix–x
List of figures | pp. xi–xii
Chapter 1. Preliminaries | pp. 1–24
Part I. Ethos
Chapter 2. Layers of ethos | pp. 25–58
Chapter 3. The conceptual ecology of ethos | pp. 59–90
Part II. Logos
Chapter 4. Logos as representation | pp. 91–122
Chapter 5. Logos as conceptual mapping | pp. 123–150
Part III. Pathos
Chapter 6. Rhetorical ambience | pp. 151–178
Chapter 7. Political resonance | pp. 179–202
Chapter 8. Conclusion | pp. 203–210
References | pp. 211–226
Transcription conventions used in this book
Appendix A. Transcription conventions used in this book | p. 227
Appendix B. Excerpt from Theresa May’s speech to the 2015 Conservative Party conference | pp. 229–230
Appendix C. The lessons of history for Jeremy Corbyn | pp. 231–232
“Overall the book is a novel contribution to political and critical discourse analysis.”
Terry McDonough, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, in Journal of Language and Politics Vol. 19:2 (2020)
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LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics