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Ideološka obilježja u formalnim strukturama hrvatskih i američkih političkih govora
Ideology Hidden In The Form Of Croatian And American Political Speeches

Author(s): Daniela Matić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: political speeches; critical discourse analysis; formal linguistic devices; pragmatics; ideology

Summary/Abstract: This paper focuses on four political speeches delivered by two Croatian and two American politicians during political campaigns in their respective countries. Since these politicians represent and are endorsed by the political parties, their speeches are necessarily ideological. Applyingthe tools offered by critical discourse analysis, which to an extent draws on pragmatic theories, the speeches will be compared in such a way as to point out which formal linguistic devices the candidates choose in order to act upon hearers/voters. The aim of the paper is to establish whether some linguistic devices and choices reflect the politicians’ ideological stance and whether certain choices are more typical in the representatives of some ideology or not. We conclude that the speakers use certain structures to negatively present the members of the out-group, as well as to divide or to unite the electorate around some goal, but to a different extent, depending on their ideological viewpoint.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 1313-1328
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English