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The Politician pp 107-110 | Cite as

Concerning political discourse

  • Nick Machiavelli
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Abstract

According to one authority (English academic Lincoln Allison), “Words do not merely describe politics, they are part of the politics they describe”. That is why political discourse—what politicians say in public—is endlessly fascinating. But to get all the fascination on offer, you need to learn how to decode the sentences, because they have subtexts, and sometimes even sub-subtexts. Indeed, political discourse is the closest thing in the world to a semanticist’s wet dream.

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  • Nick Machiavelli
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherFlorenceItaly

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