ANALYZING DISCOURSE FROM A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

Ruxandra BULUC

Abstract


The aim of the present paper is, first of all, to synthesize critical discourse analysis terminology, and, secondly, to utilize it in analyzing a political speech by President George W. Bush concerning the situation in Iraq.
The speech is from 2004 and the reason I chose it is that it presents quite clearly the American presidency’s ideology behind the war in Iraq and also the most relevant discourse techniques meant to attract the support of the population for this mission.
Keywords: discourse; dialogicality; assumptions; ideology; argumentation theory.


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