The language of persuasion in politics: an introduction

Partington, Alan and Taylor, Charlotte (2017) The language of persuasion in politics: an introduction. Routledge. ISBN 9781138038486

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Abstract

This accessible introductory textbook looks at the modern relationship between politicians, the press and the public through the language they employ, with extensive coverage of key topics including:

spin’, ‘spin control’ and ‘image’ politics
models of persuasion: authority, contrast, association
pseudo-logical and ‘post-truth’ arguments
political interviewing: difficult questions, difficult answers
metaphors and metonymy
rhetorical figures
humour, irony and satire

Extracts from speeches, soundbites, newspapers and blogs, interviews, press conferences, election slogans, social media and satires are used to provide the reader with the tools to discover the beliefs, character and hidden strategies of the would-be persuader, as well as the counter-strategies of their targets. This book demonstrates how the study of language use can help us appreciate, exploit and protect ourselves from the art of persuasion.

With a wide variety of practical examples on recent issues relating to the US, UK, Europe, the Middle East, China and India, every topic is complemented with guiding tasks and queries with keys and commentaries at the end of each unit. This is the ideal textbook for all introductory courses on language and politics, media language, rhetoric and persuasion, discourse studies and related areas.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: political discourse (critical) discourse analysis rhetoric
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 14:36
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 14:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70000
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