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Friend or foe. The defamation or legitimate and necessary criticism? Reflections on recent political discourse in Austria.

Wodak, Ruth (2002) Friend or foe. The defamation or legitimate and necessary criticism? Reflections on recent political discourse in Austria. Language and Communication, 22 (4). pp. 495-517. ISSN 0271-5309

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Abstract

This paper illustrates the necessity of very differentiated approaches to context when analyzing political discourses. Specifically, the case of antisemitic rhetoric will be regarded because antisemitic beliefs were tabooed in official domains, in postwar Austria. Nevertheless, politicians continued to use such prejudices for political purposes. Certain linguistic devices, like presuppositions and insinuations can only be understood and interpreted when enough co-text and context knowledge is assumed. The paper argues for an interdisciplinary approach in the Social Sciences, because such complex problems, like populism, racism or antisemitism cannot be grasped by one traditional discipline. It also argues for an intertextual approach which regards historical developments and socio-political factors while analyzing discourses.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Language and Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical discourse analysis ; Allusion ; Antisemitic discourse ; Rightwing populist rhetoric ; Theories of context ; Postwar Austria
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1618
Deposited By: Prof Ruth Wodak
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2008 16:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 14:49
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1618

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