Treating disclaimer as a power strategy of self-legitimation and other-de-legitimation in Netanyahu’s UNGA speech

Irham, Irham and Wahyudi, Ribut (2012) Treating disclaimer as a power strategy of self-legitimation and other-de-legitimation in Netanyahu’s UNGA speech. Language, Discourse & Society, 1 (2). pp. 89-106. ISSN 2239-4192

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Abstract

The text is produced with its particular purpose. It does not merely function as the information deliverer, but rather as the battle of power (Dijk, 1998). The speaker or the politician could practice his personal or group interest to control the text itself, as well as the audience’s mind (Dijk, 1993b, 2006b). It could be designed through the structure of discourse such as the scheme of the text, the headlines of the news, the opening and closing of the speech, and so on (Dijk, 1998). Further, van Dijk (2006a) mentioned that the ideology manifested in the text could be identified from the discursive strategy, the way how discourse is produced. One of the proposed discursive strategies is disclaimer. This strategy defines the way in which the speaker presents something positive at first, and then rejects it by employing a particular term such as but (Dijk, 1995, 1998). It serves as a positive representation of self-legitimation and negative representation of other-de-legitimation (Dijk, 1995, 1998, 2006a). This paper then studies the practice of disclaimer by Netanyahu at a peace agreement speech at the United Nations General Assembly (henceforth, UNGA) in 2011. The micro structure of the text, (i.e Syntax, semantics, lexicon, and rhetoric) exercised together with disclaimer to empower the scrutiny of ideological practice, is explored as well. Thus, the political discourse of legitimation, manifested together through the practice of disclaimer, proliferates its power domination.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics > 20040399 Discourse and Pragmatics not elsewhere classified
Depositing User: Irham Irham
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 09:18

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