Politics, Lies and Conspiracy Theories
A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective
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Politics, Lies and Conspiracy Theories: A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective shows how language influences mechanisms of cognition, perception and belief, and by extension its power to manipulate thoughts and beliefs.
This exciting and original work is the first to apply cognitive linguistics to the analysis of political lies and conspiracy theories, both of which have flourished in the internet age and which many argue are threatening democracy. It unravels the verbal mechanisms that make these "different truths" so effective and proliferative, dissecting the verbal structures (metaphor, irony, connotative implications etc) of the words of a variety of real-life cases in the form of politicians, conspiracy theorists and influencers. Marcel Danesi goes on to demonstrate how these linguistic structures "switch on" or "switch off" alternative mind worlds.
This book is essential reading for students of cognitive linguistics and will enrich the studies of any student or researcher in language and linguistics more broadly, as well as discourse analysis, rhetoric or political science.
Table of Contents
1. Lies and Conspiracy Theories
Lies and Lying
Lies and Hate Speech
Metaphor and Deception
2. Deconstructing Political Lies
The Korzybski Effect
3. Da Vinci Code Effects
4. Fake News and Pseudo-Events
5. Mythic Lies
6. Channels of Spread
The Spoken and Written Word
7. The Cognitive Linguistic Perspective
The Central Problem
Turning the Switch Off
Marcel Danesi is Professor Emeritus of linguistic anthropology and semiotics at the University of Toronto.