Catalan Review

POLITICAL (IM)POLITENESS: DISCOURSE POWER AND POLITICAL POWER IN ELECTORAL DEBATES

Catalan Review (2007), 21, (1), 43–69.

Abstract

This paper studies the pragmatic-discursive function of perception-verb markers in electoral debates in Catalan. The analysis reveals that these elements play an important role as implicit argumentation resources. In this sense, they emphasize the confrontation of the participants, which is organized basically through counter-argumentation and attack to the addressee’s face. This main function, related to the persistence of the imperative value of the verb forms, presents different degrees in the different markers analyzed: those markers coming from active perception (miri and even more escoltt) structure a greater argumentative force. The extension of the theory about linguistic politeness frem ordinary conversation to political discourse shows that the elements analyzed emphasize a peculiar kind of linguistic (im)politeness in political debates.

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Marín Jordà, Maria Josep