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Verschueren, Jef. 1996. Contrastive ideology research: aspects of a pragmatic methodology. Language Sciences 18 (3-4) : 589–603.
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Amsterdam: Elsevier


This article explores some methodological problems involved in a discourse-centered investigation of societal ideologies, in particular of publicly accessible European discourse related to interethnic conflicts, ethnic or national identity construction, and nation-building processes. It argues for the use of a pragmatic concept of contrastiveness, which distinguishes forms of variability that are to be found between languages or within a single language, a language variety, a text, and even a sentence.