The Dynamics of Political Discourse: Forms and Functions of Follow-Ups

A. Fetzer, E. Weizman, L. Berlin

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Rethinking Sinclair and Coulthard's sequentiality-based notion of the follow-up, this volume explores its forms and communicative functions in traditional and contemporary modes of communication (parliamentary sessions, interviews, debates, speeches, op-eds, discussion forums and Twitter) wherein political actors address challenges to their political agenda and to their political face. In so doing, the volume achieves two major advances. First, its contributions expand the understanding of follow-ups beyond the traditional focus on structural sequentiality, considering communicative function as a defining feature of a follow-up. Second, it broadens the understanding of what constitutes political discourse, as not being limited to a single discourse, but also being able to span multiple discourses of different forms and speech events over time.
Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9789027268242
ISBN (Print)9789027256645
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePragmatics & Beyond New Series
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISSN (Print)0922-842x


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