Peter Bull

List of John Benjamins publications for which Peter Bull plays a role.


English (an SVO language) and Korean (an SOV language) are polar opposites in terms of grammatical order. Studies show that rhetorical devices (RDs) are effective in generating collective audience responses in British political oratory. This article attempts to study the functions of RDs in… read more
An analysis was conducted of the discourse of South Korean political speakers in relation to collective audience responses, based on three situational contexts. Results showed marked contextual differences in the formatting of messages used to invite audience responses. In campaign speeches,… read more
Bull, Peter, Anita Fetzer and Dániel Z. Kádár 2020 Calling Mr Speaker ‘Mr Speaker’: The strategic use of ritual references to the Speaker of the UK House of CommonsThe Pragmatics of Ritual, Kádár, Dániel Z. and Juliane House (eds.), pp. 64–87 | Article
Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the UK House of Commons is a ritual event, governed by a cluster of conventions. Members of Parliament (MPs) must address their remarks to the Prime Minister (PM) through the medium of the Speaker of the House, who is responsible for maintaining order during… read more
Bull, Peter and Maurice Waddle 2019 “Let me now answer, very directly, Marie’s question”: The impact of quoting members of the public in Prime Minister’s QuestionsMorality and language aggression, Kádár, Dániel Z. and Vahid Parvaresh (eds.), pp. 56–78 | Article
Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the UK attracts much criticism for the adversarial and occasional aggressive language on display. During his successful campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn called for a “new kind of politics” (ITV 2015). One feature of his “new”… read more
Fetzer, Anita and Peter Bull 2019 Quoting ordinary people in Prime Minister’s Questions1The Construction of ‘Ordinariness’ across Media Genres, Fetzer, Anita and Elda Weizman (eds.), pp. 73–101 | Chapter
Prime Minister’s Questions is the central British parliamentary institution. Every week Members of Parliament have the opportunity to pose questions to the Prime Minister, frequently utilising quotations from various sources, e.g. allies from the quoter’s political party, political opponents,… read more
This paper examines how Japanese leading politicians deal with the communicative problems posed to them during broadcast political interviews. Based on data gathered during 14-month period in 2012–2013, the paper replicates and modifies the “Theory of Equivocation” to explore the extent to which… read more
Recent research has established that Japanese political oratory and audience behaviour (Bull & Feldman 2011; Feldman & Bull 2012) are fundamentally different to those found in British political speeches (Heritage & Greatbatch 1986). To further develop these cross-cultural analyses of political… read more
The concept of the follow-up as the third element of a sequential triad was originally formulated in the context of classroom discourse by Sinclair and Coulthard (1975). In this chapter, it is applied to the analysis of three distinct genres of political discourse: speeches, interviews, and… read more
According to recent research, there has been a marked shift in television new journalism from a fact-based to a more interpretive style, through editing techniques such as de-contextualization and re-contextualization. The aim of this study was to investigate whether such techniques might be… read more
The focus of this study is on the role played by adversarial questioning in political opposition. As an illustrative example, a detailed analysis is presented of two sessions of Prime Minister’s Questions in the UK House of Commons (6 and13 July, 2011), in which the Leader of the Opposition (Ed… read more
Fetzer, Anita and Peter Bull 2013 Chapter 2. Political interviews in contextAnalyzing Genres in Political Communication: Theory and practice, Cap, Piotr and Urszula Okulska (eds.), pp. 73–99 | Article
The genre of the broadcast political interview is examined from a compositional methodological approach, drawing on ethnomethodological conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, sociopragmatics, social psychology and media studies. A distinction is proposed between the default and… read more
Bull, Peter 2012 Watch dogs or guard dogs? Adversarial discourse in political journalismDialogue in Politics, Berlin, Lawrence N. and Anita Fetzer (eds.), pp. 69–88 | Article
Research on interaction between political journalists and politicians is reviewed in three different contexts: broadcast interviews, press conferences, and news broadcasts. Substantive evidence strongly supports the view that journalists’ discursive techniques have become progressively more… read more
Affiliative response invitations were analysed in 38 speeches delivered during the 2009 Japanese general election by 18 candidates for the House of Representatives (the lower house of the National Diet of Japan). The results clearly replicated those reported by Bull and Feldman (2011) in their… read more
In the discourse of political interviews, references to participants can be expressed explicitly by proper nouns and forms of address, and they can be expressed implicitly by personal pronouns and other indexical expressions. The meaning of personal pronouns is context-dependent and retrievable… read more