By Michele Durocher Dunne
Whilst politicians and pundits within the center East talk about democracy, do they suggest it? public discourse approximately democracy in modern Egypt, Dunne proposes a clean approach of interpreting Arabic political discourse. She charts a style combining ethnographic learn into groups of individuals generating political discourse with research of the texts themselves, utilizing instruments from anthropology, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics - a mode with wide applicability to political discourse as a rule. starting up from the basis that each one discourse is predicated in social interplay, this e-book demonstrates that the methods contributors and teams use public discourse to accomplish severe social and political capabilities yields fullyyt new views at the value of the discourse. "Democracy in modern Egyptian Political Discourse" is a necessary source for college students of linguistics, political technological know-how, democracy experiences, Arabic language, and center East sector reviews.
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Indexicals include pronouns, deﬁnite articles, demonstrative pronouns (“this” or “that” in English, haadhaa or dhaalika in Arabic), verb tense, proximal/distal terms, and time expressions. , honoriﬁcs, summons forms, vocatives, and titles of address) (Levinson 1983: 63). Levinson distinguishes between gestural usage (which requires vision to interpret) and symbolic usage of deictic expressions (Levinson 1983: 65); all usages discussed in this study will be symbolic. The signiﬁcance of deictic expressions for my purposes here is that they not only reveal something about how speakers view the situation of production of an instance of discourse, but that such expressions frequently are used to try to shape another’s view (perhaps a listener, reader, or co-participant in production) of the situation.
One key diﬀerence is that Wilson does not focus in any depth on the interactional aspects of political discourse. ) Wilson deﬁnes pragmatics as “simply…the analysis of meaning which is beyond what has been said, and it is accepted that locating each meaning may involve more than one procedural method of analysis” (Wilson 1990: 7). I share Wilson’s discomfort with the Orwellian thesis that language controls and mediates thought as well as with some critical linguists’ aim to discover the one true interpretation of an instance of discourse.
Mazraani’s aim is principally to explore the universality of functions of code-switching in Arabic political discourse (hence her choice of speakers from three Arab countries, speaking diﬀerent dialects) and secondarily to compare its function in Arabic to that in political discourse in other languages, such as English. To this end she makes some general observations on the Arabic political speech as a textual genre. Regarding political discourse in English Mazraani draws on work by Atkinson (1984) on rhetorical strategies and by Gumperz (1982) on code-switching.