European Parliaments under Scrutiny

Discourse strategies and interaction practices

ORCID logoCornelia Ilie | Malmö University
ISBN 9789027206299 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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In the European tradition, parliaments are central political institutions that play a crucial role in the development of democratic societies. No other institution regularly offers a public arena for open deliberation and dissent, for discussing opposite points of view and for reaching compromise solutions between political adversaries. However, in spite of the growing visibility of modern parliaments, the study of parliamentary language use, interaction practices and discourse strategies has long been under-researched. Based on extensive parliamentary data, this book integrates a rich variety of innovative analytical approaches that explore the far-reaching impacts of parliamentary practices and linguistic strategies on current political action and interaction. Individual chapters problematise and re-evaluate the discourse-shaped identities and roles of Members of Parliament, the structure and functions of parliamentary discourse genres, interpersonal behaviour and intertextual meaning co-construction in post-Communist parliaments. They offer broad cross-cultural perspectives on parliamentary discursive psychology and argumentation. The book provides essential reading for scholars and students of language and linguistics, rhetoric, political and social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in language and politics.
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“Parliaments are by definition places where elected representatives talk. This panoramic survey of national, EU and post-communist styles of parliamentary discourse demonstrates in depth its continually changing complexities and is an important contribution to European self-understanding.”
“Parliaments are – or should be – the locus of the daily management of democratic life. As such, their modus operandi deserves more attention than they usually receive. This book has the merit of approaching this task from a novel perspective, by focusing on the parliamentary discursive practices – both those ritualized and regulated and the more spontaneous ones. This sheds new light on the role of discourse in the collective exercise of power in the process of social choice, in the formation of political identity, and in the nature of public ‘representation’ – among other things. What emerges, surprisingly, from the wealth of information and analyses the book contains, is the diversity of parliamentary discourse in countries as close to each other in a continent that strives for unity. For me this reflects the fact that the core of democracy retains, above all, its plurality.”
“Thanks to masterly pieces of scholarship such as this one, it has gradually become a fascinating and constantly expanding field of research. The editor and the authors should be given credit for a significant contribution to parliamentary discourse analysis, which is highly recommended to all researchers with an interest in language and politics.”
European Parliaments under Scrutiny is a useful reading for scholars interested in parliamentary discourse in general and such topics as the discursive strategies of interaction and face management, interplay between multiple institutional roles and identities, impact of political transformations on the work of parliaments, linguistic means of attacking, supporting, refuting critique, and negotiating common images of reality in debates and speeches in particular.”
“Cornelia Ilie’s collection on discourse in European parliaments provides readers with numerous insightful views on the intricacies of this understudied interactional genre. [...] Students interested in the European Union as an area of study would find this book useful for better understanding certain aspects of the political arrangement of this supranational polity. [...]”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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