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DECONSTRUCTING “MY SWEET LORD”: PRAGMATIC ANALYSIS OF AN ARGUMENT

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Author(s): ERIN BIDLAKE

Journal: Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
ISSN 1743-159X

Volume: 5;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: pragmatics | cooperation | argument | identity construction | metaphorical language

ABSTRACT
Adopting a pragmatic approach to discourse analysis, I undertake an analysis of one argument between two men using a constructionist framework. I select three interactional features for analysis: self-reference, other-reference, and metaphorical language. I demonstrate how the two men agree to cooperate “as a kind of rationality” (Mey 1993, p.71) in order to co-produce meaningful interaction, while simultaneously advancing their own agendas and weakening each other‟s positions. From my analysis, four highly-intertwined themes emerge for discussion: constructions of the identity of the self, constructions of the identity of the other, affiliation, and disaffiliation.
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