Interdiscursive strategies of metaphor-driven rhetoric in Romanian discourses on a political crisis

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Zeitschrift fur Slawistik


The aim of this article is to identify and examine the functions of interdiscursive strategies based on metaphor-driven rhetoric used in Romanian discourses on a political crisis. The corpus under investigation is made up of parliamentary declarations and press articles concerning the political crisis caused by the February 2014 government reshuffle in Romania, when PNL (the National Liberal Party) decided with an overwhelming majority to leave the ruling USL (the Social-Liberal Alliance) coalition. While both parliamentary statements and press articles are targeting multi-layered audiences, they display specific genre-related discourse features and contextualisations of metaphor-driven interdiscursivity patterns. On approaching this particular crisis, the intertextual commonalities of the two genres are grounded in crisis-related conceptualisations through metaphorical re-semantisations or metaphorical deconstructions that are based on rhetorical doxa (proverbs, key words, and culture-specific scenarios). At the same time, these metaphorical conceptualisations fulfil different pathos- and ethos-oriented interdiscursive functions depending on whether they are used for argumentation or counter-argumentation purposes, or for emphasising the personal styles and goals of individual politicians and/or media representatives.

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