Political Discourse Analysis: Exploring the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language: Political Discourse Analysis

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Language and Linguistics Compass, ISSN: 1749-818X, Vol: 6, Issue: 11, Page: 735-751

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Dunmire, Patricia L.
Wiley-Blackwell; Wiley; Digital Commons @ Kent State University Libraries
Social Sciences; political discourse; political discourse analysis; critical discourse analysis; Discourse and Text Linguistics; Political Science
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This essay overviews the body of research known as political discourse analysis (PDA). I begin by situating this work within the linguistic and political turns that took place in the latter part of the 20th century within the human and social sciences. I then discuss different conceptions of what comprises the political and the appropriate objects of study for PDA. Adopting an inclusive conception of politics and discourse, I consider the relationship between PDA and critical discourse analysis (CDA). I close with a review of studies of political discourse in terms of their theoretical and analytic frameworks and the socio-political issues they address. © 2012 The Author. Language and Linguistics Compass © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.