Negation, Expectation and Ideology in Written Texts

A textual and communicative perspective

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During an election campaign in 2008, Ken Livingstone said to a newspaper reporter “this election is not a joke”. By doing so, he introduced an expectation into the discourse that someone does, in fact, think it is a joke. This book explores how it is that saying what is not the case communicates something about what is. Bringing together a focus on text with cognitive and pragmatic approaches, a case is made for an application of linguistic negation as a tool of analysis. This tool is used to explore the ideological implications of projecting or reflecting readerly expectations. This book contributes to the growing field of Critical stylistics and aims to add to the range of stylistic insights which anchor the analysis of discourse to a consideration of the nuances of language choice.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 38]  Expected June 2021.  xiii, 212 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Chapter 1. Something and nothing
Chapter 2. Negation, duality and expectation
Chapter 3. Linguistic realisations of negation: Motivated variation
Chapter 4. Understanding negation in context: Presuppositions and implicatures
Chapter 5. Negation, expectation and ideology
Chapter 6. Negation and ideology in advertising
Chapter 7. Negation, the press and politics
Chapter 8. The power of nothing
List of figures and tables


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