Linguocultural and Pragmatic Fundamentals of Teaching Political Discourse at Higher Schools

Kirvalidze, Nino (2012) Linguocultural and Pragmatic Fundamentals of Teaching Political Discourse at Higher Schools. Proceedings of ICERI2012 - 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid (Spain). pp. 5171-5176. ISSN 978-84-616-0763-1

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Nowadays the vital importance of the world political situation has made political discourse a subject for linguocultural interdisciplinary studies as well as a subject for special teaching. It implies effective use of the experience and the knowledge that have been gained and stored throughout years in such humanities as politology, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, psychology and hermeneutics. We consider linguistic analysis of political discourse of paramount importance since political thought and actions are inseparable from political speech. In fact, any political idea or action is born, prepared, realized and controlled by the language. The growth of interest towards political discourse has brought the birth of a new trend in linguistics - the trend of so-called political linguistics. We consider the research interests of linguists towards political discourse to be predetermined by the following main factors: 1. On the one hand, the research of political discourse is motivated by the inner needs of linguistic theory which has always demonstrated great interest towards the functional studies of the language in various spheres of life. 2. On the other hand, the growing interest towards the interdisciplinary research of political discourse can be considered as a social order (request) which aims to study not only the peculiarities of political thought and political actions, but those linguistic means a politician uses in his/her speech in order to affect and control public opinion. As a result, we consider political discourse to be a subject for linguocultural studies, as this paradigm of research, namely the broad understanding of culture, enables us to unite and carry out integral analysis of those aspects of political discourse that form its interdisciplinary essence. The study of political discourse via linguocultural paradigm implies working out such research methods of political discourse that are oriented on the revelation of the existing logical links between linguistics and the above-mentioned humanities. We think that the main instrument of such analysis of political discourse is its anthropocentric-communicative interpretation that enables us to reveal and generalize the set of sociocultural and linguopragmatic peculiarities of the textuality of political discourse that should underlie its teaching at higher schools. These peculiarities of political discourse are: institutionality and its illocutionary function, linguistic diglossia, informational specificity, polemic and theatrical nature of political discourse, abundance of slogans, ambiguity and esoterism, axiology, metaphorization and manipulating with symbols, the addressee factor and its interactional peculiarities, specific contact with the audience and its dependence on mass media.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The article is protected by the copyright of International Association of Technology, Education and Development(IATED), Spain.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties/Schools > Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Nino Kirvalidze
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 04:48
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015 09:00

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