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Moral Talk

Stance and Evaluation in Political Discourse, 1st Edition

By Joe Spencer-Bennett

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216 pages

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This book is about moral talk in contemporary British political discourse, drawing on speeches, debates and radio phone-ins. Using a critical sociolinguistic approach, Spencer-Bennett explores the language people use to communicate moral judgement and highlights the relations between the things that people say, the contexts in which they are said and the circulating ideologies about meaning and morality. This is key reading for students and scholars studying language, politics and critical discourse analysis, within linguistics and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

  1. Introduction
  2. Moral talk: forms, functions and value

    Emotivism

    Moral philosophy and moral talk

    Post-crisis Britain, the moral economy and moral panic

    Outline of the book

  3. The social, ethical and political lives of language
  4. Introduction

    Social life of language

    Michael Meacher’s speech

    Ethical life of language

    Political life of language

    Conclusion

  5. Form: what counts as moral talk?
  6. Introduction

    Stance, evaluation and moral talk

    Quotability

    Specificity

    Determinacy

    Checklist

    Conclusion

  7. Function: what does moral talk do?
  8. Introduction

    Evaluative language, stance, fact and value

    Hobart and the multifunctionality of moral talk

    Cotext

    Situations and ideologies

    Cameron’s speech

    Eric’s call

    Conclusion

  9. Moral systems and ethical life
  10. Introduction

    Moral systems and ethical life

    The linguistic distinction

    Moral systems, ethical life and radio phone-ins

    Modest moralising

    Conclusion

  11. Critiquing moral talk

Introduction

What is critique?

Bias

Power

Illegitimate power

Immanent critique

Moral realism

Veracity

Explanatory critique

Lay normativity

Conclusion

7.? Critiquing interpretation

Introduction

Interpretative agency

Language ideologies

Hymes’ ethical sociolinguistics

Emotivism as a corporate technology

Emotivism in political communications

Linguistic expertise and arguments for emotivism

Conclusion

8. Conclusion

Introduction

What is moral talk?

What does moral talk do?

What is moral talk good for?

Methodology: the field, the meta-field, and the armchair

Theory: linguistic interpretivism and moral realism

References

Index

About the Author/Editors

Joe Spencer-Bennett is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. He has published articles in the journals Discourse & Society, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language & Communication and Social Semiotics. His research concerns the ethical and political life of communication.

About the Series

Politics of Language

The Politics of Language series covers the field of language and cultural theory and publishes radical and innovative texts in this area. In recent years the developments and advances in the study of language and cultural criticism have brought to the fore a new set of questions. The shift from purely formal, analytical approaches has created an interest in the role of language in the social, political and ideological realms and the series will seek to address these new problems with a clear and informed approach. The intention is to gain recognition for the central role of language in individual and public life.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LAN015000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
PHI005000
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General