Decoding Political Discourse Conceptual Metaphors and Argumentation

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  • Copyright: 2013-02-06
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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This book considers how we reveal ourselves in the language we employ and the action in which we engage. Maria-Ionela Neagu argues that our conceptualization of the world via metaphor should no longer be taken for granted. On the contrary, it must be critically challenged and evaluated, steering argument towards a particular line of action. This book places political discourse at the crossroads of cognitive linguistics and transpersonal psychology to highlight the role of conceptual metaphors in and as arguments.

Exploring the interface between argumentation theories and cognitive semantics, Neagu integrates the analysis of conceptual metaphors into the framework of practical reasoning, arguing that political discourse bridges the mental void engendered by people's needs and frustrations. This empirical investigation is centred on the corpus of the American Presidential debates in 2008, as well as Barack Obama's 'State of the Nation' (2009), and 'State of the Union Address' (2010, 2011).

Author Biography

Maria-Ionela Neagu is Senior Lecturer in the Philology Department at Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania. Her previous publications include Language Education Policies in Romania (2008, Romanian edition) and English Syntax. Basic Concepts: the Syntax of the Simple Sentence (2009).

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1. Introduction
2. Conceptual Metaphor Theory and Political Discourse Analysis
3. Cognitive Linguistic Theory of Metaphor: an Overview
4. The Cognitive and Argumentative Nature of Political Discourse
5. Conceptual Metaphors as Defeasible Arguments
6. Decoding Conceptual Metaphors
7. Conceptualizing the Financial Crisis
8. Politics is Conflict, Politics is Vision
9. The Stars and the Dogs of the Company Called America
10. Politics is Ethics
11. Symbolic Power and Argumentation
12. Sound Moves or Political Leverage?
13. Politeness, Argumentative Schemes, and Ethos Construction
14. Argumentation on War
15. Concluding Thoughts
16. Horizons of Truth and the Moral Victory
17. Contributions of This Study
Appendix 1 Corpus
Index of Conceptual Metaphors
General Index

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