The Use of Personal Deixis to Respond to Face-Threatening Acts in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates
Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 11:50am - 12:05pm
Place: Woodburn Hall 204
The current study builds on research in impoliteness and personal deixis in face-to-face political debates by analyzing the strategic use of personal deixis employed by President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential debates. Specifically, this study analyzes the candidates’ use of the pronominal system to address face-threatening acts (FTAs). The analysis identifies the triggering FTAs and the candidates’ subsequent response types. For each response, the candidates’ use of first person singular and plural pronouns and adjectives is noted. The notion of discourse space is used to identify the reference of the personal pronouns. Discourse space refers to the temporal-spatial coordinates of the speech event and the actual and potential participants roles involves. By comparing the various discourse spaces the candidates invoke with their response strategies, this study shows how candidates use personal deixis to index their ideological stance and group memberships when responding to FTAs.
Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)
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