Interactional Pattern of Discursive Hegemony

Ming Liu


This paper aims to discuss pattern of discursive hegemony from the perspective of the enactment of social roles and relations. Social relationship between interlocutors forming out of social activities is linguistically realized at the lexicogrammatical level, and has effect on the formation of hegemony in discourse. The paper is to tackle persuasion, one form of discursive hegemony, by using the relevant grammatical theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics, such as tenor of discourse, modality, and appraisal theory. And then the paper attempts to delve into non-semiotic motivation of hegemonic language with the help of the concept “identification” put forward by Fairclough. Finally, the interactional pattern will be also used to analyze the interpersonal elements of the discourse (Blair’s Speech at the Foreign Office Conference) for the purpose of demystifying the discursive persuasion inexplicitly implied in piles of political speeches.

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