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Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies on the Iraq Conflict
Wording the War

ISBN 9780415852951
Published May 31, 2013 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

This volume seeks to illustrate the fundamental role of language in political action, focusing on the war in Iraq. It combines quantitative methods, based on a sophisticated modular corpus that was queried through special software with the aim of identifying regularly occurring lexical and semantic patterns, with classical discourse analysis, which seeks to investigate naturally occurring language in the context in which it is produced. Interpreting the field of politics quite widely, to include news reporting and a quasi-judicial inquiry into the behavior of politicians and journalists, discourses in the USA and the UK are considered. The central purpose of the volume is to gain insights not just into language, and the ways in which we can investigate it through a corpus, but also into the ways in which political action is realized through discourse.

Table of Contents

1. The CorDis Project 

John Morley

2. The making of CorDis : corpus compilation and mark-up

Letizia Cirillo, Anna Marchi and Marco Venuti

3. Evaluation, speaker-hearer positioning and the Iraq war: A corpus-assisted study of Congressional argument

Donna R. Miller and  Jane Johnson

4. For the good of the people. Arguments for and against a "just war"

 Paul Bayley and Cinzia Bevitori

5. White House Press Briefings as a message to the world

Giulia Riccio 

6. Dialogistic positioning and intersubjective stance in TV news reporting of the 2003 war on Iraq in the US and Britain 

Linda Lombardo

7. Which war did we watch? How UK and US television news reported the 2003 Iraq conflict

Caroline Clark

8. Distinguishing between two discourse types: Editorials and Opinion Articles in the CorDis corpus.

Amanda Murphy

9. Interacting  with  conflicting  goals: face-work and impoliteness   in  hostile  cross-examination.

 Charlotte Taylor

10. Talking (about) the talk

Alison Duguid

11. Fierce fighting on the home front: the epideictics of reporting the reporting

Alan Partington

Author index

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Paul Bayley is Professor of English Linguistics and teaches at the Faculty of Political Science "Roberto Ruffilli" of the University of Bologna at Forlì.

John Morley holds the chair of English Linguistics in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Siena.