Public discourse. Strategies of persuasion and interpretation
Discourse is central to all areas of social life in both the public and the private sphere. Importantly, discourse practices take on particular significance when it comes to fostering mutual understanding between people from different cultural, religious, ethnic, ideological or political traditions, or resolving disputes between people from different backgrounds.
In the last few decades, great progress has been made in analyzing the many different factors that shape meaning in – and condition our understanding of – written, spoken and multimodal discourses. Given the broad range of disciplines and methods in discourse studies, it is now increasingly important to develop an approach to studying communicative practices that is profoundly interdisciplinary, and one which should not ignore the major role of the new media in influencing communication practices. Our interdisciplinary team therefore approaches the study of public discourse within a perspective that is both balanced and open.
Our research interests encompass the following areas:
- Discourse analysis
- Language and cognition
- Argumentation and rhetoric
- Modality and evidentiality
- Corpus linguistics
Our current projects are funded by: