Book announcement

From: Phil Chappell (phil_chappell@access.inet.co.th)
Date: Sat Feb 07 2004 - 17:40:01 PST


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> Edited by Paul Bayley, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins
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> Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 10
> 2004. vi, 385 pp.
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> Hardbound
> 1 58811 477 5 / USD 126.00
> 90 272 2700 4 / EUR 105.00
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> The activity of parliaments is largely linguistic activity: they
> produce talk and they produce texts. Broadly speaking, the objectives
> that this discourse aims to satisfy are similar all over the world: to
> legitimate or contest legislation, to represent diverse interests, to
> scrutinise the activity of government, to influence opinion and to
> recruit and promote political actors. But the discourse of different
> national parliaments is subject to variation, at all linguistic
> levels, on the basis of history, cultural specificity, and political
> culture in particular. Through the use of various analytical tools of
> functional linguistics, this volume seeks to provide explanatory
> analyses of parliamentary discourse in different countries Britain,
> Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States and to
> explore its peculiarities. Each chapter outlines a particular
> methodological framework and its application to instances of
> parliamentary discourse on important issues such as war, European
> integration, impeachment and immigration.
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> http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=DAPSAC_10
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