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Language strategies of expressing emotions in the discourse of politics and media on annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sarajevo assassination


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Čović-Filipović, Alma. (2016). Language strategies of expressing emotions in the discourse of politics and media on annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sarajevo assassination. PhD Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Linguistics.
(Poslijediplomski doktorski studij lingvistike) [mentor Anđel, Maja and Glovacki-Bernardi, Zrinjka].

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Purpose of Paper Manifestation of emotionality with respect to general use of language and particularly in media-political context has been a marginalized area of linguistic research for a long period of time. This paper entitled Linguistic Strategies of Expressing Affectivity within Political-Media Discourse concerning the Annexing Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sarajevo Assassination aims to explore a role of emotions within a political and media discourse, which has been treated traditionally as the area of human rational area of action taking. Theoretical framework of this paper has been composed of a linguistically discourse analysis, textual linguistics, media linguistics, polito linguistics and cognitive linguistics. The main hypothesis of the research states that emotions viewed in the context of use of language in political and media terms, have had inherent nature within such use; accordingly they have not been only an accompanying phenomenon of dominant, rational area of language use. In this context, it is assumed that emotions support and enable resolving communication tasks or functions of media and political communication to the same or even greater extent like rational textual strategies. At a discourse level, in a sense of linguistic epistemology one starts from a thesis that emotions, as one type of valuation, take part in constructing certain conceptualizations of beyond a language reality that could become a part of general knowledge of certain period. Research Method The methodological inventory has been combined pursuant to two major methodological approach, including– a methodological concept of discourse analysis and a methodological concept of linguistic analysis of emotions used in language. The analysis categories include historical framework, communication area (media, politics), textual type (Leitartikel), nomination expressions (a lexical level), metaphor, modality (syntactic level) and figurative language means. Results The subject corpus analysis has showed that an initial hypothesis within concerned corpus has been confirmed and that emotions have been manifested or expressed within discourses provided. Pursuant to emotion cognizance as evaluative phenomenon, the research has showed that emotionality manifestation represents verbal affective evaluations that have been manifested at various language levels and additionally they have been a part of strategic language action taking of this type of communication. With respect to paper‟s sub hypothesis concerning epistemological function of emotionality, the analysis shows that emotion expression within discourse provided has cocreated conceptualization and presentation of actual state whereas emotions make an integral portion of such conceptualization. Finding Research of affective language dimension within media-political discourse can provide several manifestation concerning their functioning, thus overcoming conclusions concerning intensification of expressivity communication. In this regard, demonstration of state of facts through language can not include reference only, but also emotional valuation, subject of instrumentalization in particular within political and media context. With due consideration of a discourse level, there is a probability that such valuations evolve into forms that may constitute a portion of collective intelligence or mentality and thus reinforce mental representation of certain object with respect to stereotyping. Due to media science finding that media affect significantly people‟s perception of the world, it is necessary to be aware of affective evaluations of such world perception and accordingly re-examine their significance. This need has been even greater if considering a cognizance of cognitive science showing that emotions have been evolved with cognitive status and process and thus affect inevitably a political decision making and action taking process, viewed by majority as a rationale one.

Item Type: PhD Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotionality, linguistic strategies, political communication, media, discourse
Subjects: Linguistics
Departments: Department of Linguistics
Supervisor: Anđel, Maja and Glovacki-Bernardi, Zrinjka
Additional Information: Poslijediplomski doktorski studij lingvistike
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 14:04
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 14:04

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