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Pseudo-parliamentary discourse in a communist dictatorship: dissenter Parvulescu vs. dictator Ceausescu
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
Malmo Univ, Malmo, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 42, no 4, p. 924-942Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article presents a case study of an unprecedented political event that occurred in Romania during the Communist dictatorship. In 1979, at the 12th Congress of the Romanian Communist Party, Constantin Parvulescu, a high-ranking party official, took the floor unexpectedly and attacked the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. We examine the contrasting interaction patterns displayed during the open confrontation that occurred between Parvulescu's accusatory anti-Ceausescu discourse and the subsequent anti-Parvulescu discourses of three of Ceausescu's close political allies glorifying Ceausescu and the Communist party. In order to enable it better understanding of the political and socio-cultural setting of the Communist party congress proceedings, as well as of the concrete implications of sequencing and simultaneity of speech, interpersonal behaviour and shifts in speech targeting, a multimodal approach has been integrated with a discourse-analytical approach. These two combined approaches were used to examine the videotaped event and to account for the overall picture of the interaction, which consists of verbal interaction, kinesic behaviour (such as gestures, facial expressions, body posture), as well as the use of space. The analytical focus has been on the challenging and aggressive uses of multiple audience-targeted illocutionary acts and perlocutionary effects, the strategic uses of personal pronouns and the manipulative uses of semiotic metaphors, (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-18986DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2009.08.016ISI: 000275917000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-18986DiVA, id: diva2:445367
Available from: 2011-10-03 Created: 2011-09-30 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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