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‘Today I offer you, and we offer the country a new vision’: The strategic use of first person pronouns in party conference speeches of the Third Way

‘Today I offer you, and we offer the country a new vision’: The strategic use of first person pronouns in party conference speeches of the Third Way
‘Today I offer you, and we offer the country a new vision’: The strategic use of first person pronouns in party conference speeches of the Third Way
This article aims to fill a gap in the existing research by analysing the construction of leadership and group identity in a corpus of 13 party conference speeches by the party leaders of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the British Labour Party between 1997 and 2003. The comparative approach chosen will demonstrate the context sensitivity and strategic use of the pronominal self-references. The article will demonstrate how changes of pronominal self-reference in party conference speeches can be understood as strategic changes of footing to foreground either the voice of the party leader or the voice of the party. It will conclude with the results of an analysis of the combination of pronominal self-references and verb forms construing competence and responsiveness, as suggested by Fetzer and Bull, and demonstrates that these verb forms are used differently in combination with the various forms of self-reference, a fact neglected in their analysis.
contrastive analysis, political discourse, political culture, pronominal self reference, party conference speech, verb semantics
0957-9265
182-203
Kranert, Michael
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Kranert, Michael
2054176a-2b70-491b-9ee7-5388ae25296f

Kranert, Michael (2017) ‘Today I offer you, and we offer the country a new vision’: The strategic use of first person pronouns in party conference speeches of the Third Way. Discourse & Society, 28 (2), 182-203. (doi:10.1177/0957926516685463).

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This article aims to fill a gap in the existing research by analysing the construction of leadership and group identity in a corpus of 13 party conference speeches by the party leaders of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the British Labour Party between 1997 and 2003. The comparative approach chosen will demonstrate the context sensitivity and strategic use of the pronominal self-references. The article will demonstrate how changes of pronominal self-reference in party conference speeches can be understood as strategic changes of footing to foreground either the voice of the party leader or the voice of the party. It will conclude with the results of an analysis of the combination of pronominal self-references and verb forms construing competence and responsiveness, as suggested by Fetzer and Bull, and demonstrates that these verb forms are used differently in combination with the various forms of self-reference, a fact neglected in their analysis.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 January 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 February 2017
Published date: March 2017
Keywords: contrastive analysis, political discourse, political culture, pronominal self reference, party conference speech, verb semantics

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Local EPrints ID: 425288
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425288
ISSN: 0957-9265
PURE UUID: caf38f38-3ef4-44fb-8e54-23d51c27392f

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Date deposited: 12 Oct 2018 16:30
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 23:43

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