Politics with its warts an all!
Every day we are bombarded with political rhetoric in the form of interviews, debates and statements from our political leaders and commentators, on the television, radio and internet. Underlying this rhetoric is the micro-world of spoken discourse that we rarely get to see or explore. This micro-world consists of politicians and commentators hesitating, equivocating, pausing, and using all their rhetorical nounce to get their message across while presenting themselves in the best light and avoiding saying anything that might damage their face.
This book takes an in-depth look at this micro-world. It explores the spaces between utterances and words, and the gaps between turns and transitions. For each discourse event analysed from the recent British political calendar, the reader is presented with a detailed transcript of the discourse using an approach to studying dialogue known as Conversation Analysis. External links to recordings of the events also help the reader to listen simultaneously to the original discourse while the micro-world of political rhetoric and spin is unveiled.
Theresa May, when did you realise that you got the wrong answer to the biggest question of our times in politics?
Well, I’m tempted to ask you Jeremy what you … think… d’you mean … you’re talking about Brexit?
Dr Michael Cribb is Assistant Professor of English Language at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has published widely on applied linguistics and political discourse analysis. His other books include Slips of the Tongue from the Linguistic Graveyard and the sumptuous photo essay to be someone in a language. He lives in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom.
The author before and after writing the book
It is only through the analysis of the little things in this micro-world that we can understand how and why interlocutors subconsciously react in the way they do and the significance of the whole.Michael Cribb
All of British politics under the microscope
Includes free access to companion website
Over 100 links to audio, video, articles and House of Commons videos.