Dissonant political discourse

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This study develops and illustrates the notion of dissonant political discourse. The discourse of dissonance is to be found wherever there is public debate on controversial topics or on topics requiring a decision, notably in the political arena. Discourse of this kind is characterized by arguments demonstrating both how hard and how necessary it is to face up to any decision that will put the decision maker in an inconsistent position. Findings confrm that voices heard in the arena of political discourse make use of dissonant argument when experiencing difculties in justifying decisions. Ironically, it is precisely the evidence of difculties encountered by the speakers that shows how continuation of the joint

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-194
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


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  • Political discourse


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