Discrediting political opponents by means of beneficial speech acts - on the basis of an analysis of speeches by a Member in the Polish Parliament Cover Image

Dyskredytowanie oponentów politycznych za pomocą benefaktywnych aktów mowy – na podstawie analizy wystąpień posła w polskim parlamencie
Discrediting political opponents by means of beneficial speech acts - on the basis of an analysis of speeches by a Member in the Polish Parliament

Author(s): Magdalena Jurewicz
Subject(s): Politics, Rhetoric
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Akademii im. Jakuba z Paradyża
Keywords: discrediting; benefactive speech acts; wishes; prescriptive speech acts; constatives;

Summary/Abstract: The article presents methods of expressing put-downs in parliamentary speech in which the speaker uses so-called benefactive speech acts, including, among others, wishes. Based on an ironic statement by an opposition MP in the Polish parliament, it shows how an initially benefactive speech act can be changed into criticism of a political opponent, leading to a put down. The article also presents discussions from selected research papers by Polish academics containing definitions of wishes and problems with systematising these speech acts. Finally, a comparison is made of speeches in the Polish and German parliaments where, in material previously researched by the author, no instances of the ironic use of wishes to put down a political opponent were noted.

  • Issue Year: 12/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 79-91
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish