The Contemporary Political Discourse and the Phenomenon of Newspeak Cover Image

Współczesny dyskurs polityczny a zjawisko nowomowy
The Contemporary Political Discourse and the Phenomenon of Newspeak

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Author(s): Bogusław Skowronek
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: political discourse; newspeak; mediatization; mediolinguistics; ideologization

Summary/Abstract: In the article I discuss the problem of contemporary Polish political communication. In itscommunicative dimension, the contemporary mediatized reality has become an area of functioning of polarized and linguistically and ideologically separate communities: media broadcasters with their offer and separate recipient groups (with different competencies). Thepolarity of worldview and its linguistic realizations is the most visible in the Polish officialpolitical discourse. In the media it is realized mostly by linguistic activities of purely ideological character. Such polarized political discourse of the media has led to ideologically charged‘double vision’ of reality and its conceptualization ‘Us – Them’ being the most characteristictrait of the contemporary media communication in our country. The phenomena discussedabove, typical for current political discourse, are worrying because they draw our attentionto a linguistic – and seemingly historical – category: to newspeak.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 110-118
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish