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ERIC Number: EJ821978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Political Discourse and Its Sociolinguistic Variables
Reyes-Rodriguez, Antonio
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v5 n4 p225-242 Oct 2008
Linguistically, political discourses have generally been discussed within qualitative approaches (e.g., Blackledge, 2005; Chilton, 2004; Chomsky, 2004; van Dijk, 2005; Wodak, 2002). This paper presents tools to design a quantitative research relating political speech with sociolinguistic variables. Notions such as Accommodation Theory (Giles & Powesland, 1997), Audience Design (Bell, 1997), and Identity (Fairclough, 2003; Mendoza-Denton, 2004) shape the rhetorical performance of politicians and explain the importance of sociolinguistic variables within political discourse. Once those realities are correlated, I define social variables (socioeconomic status SEC [Labov, 2001]) and linguistic variables (morphosyntactic, lexical, and pragmatics variables [Schilling-Estes, 2004], address forms [Ervin-Tripp, 1972], vocabulary [Fairclough, 2003]) to develop a sociolinguistic study on a corpus of political discourses. Finally, linguistic variants are proposed and put into practice analyzing Latino American politicians to hypothesize a possible correlation between left-wing politicians and linguistic choices. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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