Language and Power

  • Created by: Laurence
  • Created on: 10-12-12 16:36

Influential power – persuasive. It inclines us or makes us want to behave in certain ways or adopt opinions or attitudes, with obvious force.

Instrumental power – explicit power of the sort imposed by the state, by its laws and conventions, or by the organizations for which we work.

Implicature - used to persuade people to take something for granted which is actually open for debate/ forces the audience to agree with the politician, e.g. ‘we are fighting for a fairer Britain’.

Synonymous parallelism – adding something extra/repeating the same idea in different wording.

Antithetical parallelism – adding an opposing thought

Negative Face (according to Brown and Levinson) – we


Paul Dutton


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