This essay overviews the body of research known as political discourse analysis (PDA). I begin by situating this work within the linguistic and political turns that took place in the latter part of the 20th century within the human and social sciences. I then discuss different conceptions of what comprises the political and the appropriate objects of study for PDA. Adopting an inclusive conception of politics and discourse, I consider the relationship between PDA and critical discourse analysis (CDA). I close with a review of studies of political discourse in terms of their theoretical and analytic frameworks and the socio-political issues they address.
Language & Linguistics Compass
Dunmire, Patricia L (2012). Political Discourse Analysis: Exploring the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language. Language & Linguistics Compass 6(11) 735-751. doi: 10.1002/lnc3.365. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/engpubs/144