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Euphemism and political discourse in the british regional press

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dc.contributor.author Crespo Fernández, Eliecer
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-22T07:50:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-22T07:50:57Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Brno studies in english es_ES
dc.identifier.issn 0524-6881
dc.identifier.other http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/BSE2014-1-1 es_ES
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10578/6692
dc.description.abstract Politicians resort to euphemism as a safe way to deal with unpleasant subjects and criticize their opponents without giving a negative impression to their audiences. In this regard, it is my purpose to gain an insight into the way euphemism is used by politicians from Norfolk and Suffolk both at word and sentence level using a sample of the regional newspaper Eastern Daily Press, published in Norwich (UK). To this end, I will rely on the frameworks of critical-political discourse analysis (Van Dijk 1993, 1997; Wilson 2001), pragmatic theory, particularly politeness and facework (Brown and Levinson 1987), and Cognitive Metaphor Theory (Lakoff 1993). The results obtained reveal that euphemism plays an important role in the self-promotion of regional politicians, who employ euphemism mostly by understatement, litotes and underspecification for a variety of purposes, namely sensitivity to audience concerns, avoidance of expressions that can be perceived to marginalize socially disadvantaged groups, polite criticism and mitigation even concealment of unsettling topics. es_ES
dc.format application/pdf es_ES
dc.language.iso es es_ES
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess es_ES
dc.subject Eufemismo es_ES
dc.subject Discurso político es_ES
dc.subject Disfemismo es_ES
dc.subject Prensa británica es_ES
dc.title Euphemism and political discourse in the british regional press es_ES
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article es_ES


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