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Political discourse in the media; cross-cultural perspectives.


Political discourse in the media; cross-cultural perspectives.

Ed. by Anita Fetzer and Ferda Eva Lauerbach.

John Benjamins Publishing Co.


379 pages



Pragmatics & beyond new series; v.160


Nine papers presented by Fetzer (U. Luneburg, Germany) and Lauerbach (Johanne Wolfgang Goethe-U. Frankfurt am Main, Germany) examine political communications in the television media from a number of cross-cultural perspectives. The papers are organized into three sections that, in turn, examine discursive functions of linguistic form in British, Flemish, and Swedish political interviews and debate and election night television coverage in Britain, the United States, and Germany; genre-specific discourse practices in French and British political interviews and on the Arab-language news station Al-Jazeera and Israeli television; and macro-level perspectives of media events, including Christmas messages by European heads of state and the construction of comprehensible and coherent televisual texts through the discursive interaction of television hosts and other participants in election night coverage in Britain, the United States, and Germany.

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