Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Politolinguistics is a rather young and still quite unknown approach in the field of applied linguistics. Research has been done in many other fields of applied linguistics for decades, including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, ecolinguistics etc. It seems obvious that interdisciplinary approaches like the above-mentioned in applied linguistics require competence in two or even more domains: sociology and linguistics for sociolinguistics, psychology and linguistics for psycholingistics, neurology and linguistics for neurolinguistics, and so on. But what about politolinguistics? The term politolinguistics was coined by Armin Burkhardt in 1996 and simply referred to the analysis of political texts, then. Yet, it appears necessary to question whether this is truly a sufficient criterion. As a result of this discussion, alternative concepts of politolinguistics will be taken into consideration which take due account of the historical, political and even philosophical dimensions in order to fully grasp the meaning of political texts. However, this is just one side of the politolinguistic coin. The other side is the linguistic or linguistico-rhetorical analysis of the political text. By linguistic or linguistico-rhetorical analysis we understand a comprehensive textual analysis at various levels from the morpho-syntactic, semantic, lexical and pragmatic to the rhetorical and argumentative ones. Finally, there will be a brief case study to illustrate our model of analysis, namely the politolinguistic analysis of the famous speech which the classical populist Juan Peron gave in Buenos Aires on August 31st, 1955.
Univ. Prof. Dr. Paul Danler
Alexander Onysko / Marta Degani (alexander.onysko [at] aau.at)