Contrastive Analysis of Discourse Markers in the Interviews with Presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the U.S.A.

Zovko, Ivana (2012) Contrastive Analysis of Discourse Markers in the Interviews with Presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the U.S.A. In: 2nd International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’12), 4-6 May 2012, Sarajevo.

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Abstract

Since politics and politicians are two of the most popular and most discussed topics in today’s world, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in this paper the author tries to make a brief analysis of political discourse but from the linguistic point of view, pointing out usage of discourse markers in the interviews with presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovina and trying to compare them with the one used in the interviews with the U.S.A presidents. The introductory part is focused on some theoretical hypotheses regarding function of discourse markers, their main purpose and usage in English and Croatian. By comparing examples of discourse markers found in the English and Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian speaking area the author shows how often they are used by politicians as means for linking their ideas with the primary function of bringing to the listener’s attention what they want to say, what they want to point out in order to be attractive with their thoughts to the listeners. Many politicians also use them in order to show disagreement with the idea they are about to relay or suggest a cause and effect relationship between what they just said and the next bit on its way. Final chapters bring a statistical analysis of discourse markers used in the interviews from the mentioned speaking areas and author’s viewpoints and conclusions which can be summarized in one most important and that is that usage of those linking devices makes political discourse more vivid or real for a listener no matter in which speaking area.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse analysis, discourse markers, political discourse, formal and informal speech
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Mr. Ibrahim Kinal
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 09:22
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 09:22
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/870

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