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The Language of Politics

1st Edition

By Adrian Beard


132 pages

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Paperback: 9780415201780
pub: 1999-09-09
Hardback: 9781138835023
pub: 2015-12-04

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The Language of Politics:

* examines how both politicians and commentators describe political stances

* explores some of the most common linguistic features to be found in political speeches

* analyses electioneering through various written texts including manifestos, posters and pamphlets

* looks at how politicians answer questions both in the media and in parliament

* includes examples of political discourse from Britain, America and Australia

* has a comprehensive glossary of terms.


'A useful and original resource - invaluable for coursework - with effective and class-based activities. The commentaries are particularly useful.' - Linda Varley, Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College

Table of Contents

Key texts include Conservative and Labour Party Manifestos; John Humphrys' interview with Tony Blair; Democratic National Platform; Speeches by Tony Blair (opening his campaign for 1997 general election) and Paddy Ashdown (address to his party, same election).

About the Author

Adrian Beard is Head of English at Gosforth School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Principle Moderator at the Northern Examining and assessment Board for A-level English Literature. His previous publications include The Language of Sport for the Intertext series.

About the Series


The series consists of a foundation text, Working With Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis, which looks at language aspects essential for the analysis of texts, and a range of satellite texts. These apply aspects of language to a particular topic area in more detail. They complement the core text and can also be used alone, providing the user has the foundation skills provided by the core text.
Benefits of using this series:
* Unique - written by a team of respected teachers and practitioners whose ideas and activities have also been trialled independently
* Multi-disciplinary - provides a foundation for the analysis of texts, supporting students who want to achieve a detailed focus on language
* Accessible - no previous knowledge of language analysis is assumed
* Comprehensive - wide coverage of different genres: literary texts, notes, memos, signs, advertisements, leaflets, speeches, conversation
* Student-friendly - contains suggestions for further reading; activities relating to texts studied; commentaries after activities; key terms highlighted and an index of terms
This accessible series, written by an outstanding team of authors, experienced in language teaching, curriculum development, examining and writing, provides ideas and activities arising from experience and practice. Each title has multi-disciplinary appeal but will be particularly useful to A-Level students and teachers and to undergraduates of English Language, Linguistics or English Literature. They will also be of interest to teachers and students of EFL and ESL language courses.
Foundation coursebook:
Working With Texts: A Core Book for Language Analysis, Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard, Maggie Bowring, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger
Satellite titles:
The Language of Advertising Angela Goddard, The Language of Fiction Keith Sanger, The Language of Humour Alison Ross, The Language of Newspapers Danuta Reah, The Language of Poetry John McRae, The Language of Sport Adrian Beard.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General