Justifying and condemning sexual discrimination in everyday discourse: Letters to the Editor in the Australian local press

Rojas-Lizana, Isolda (2011) Justifying and condemning sexual discrimination in everyday discourse: Letters to the Editor in the Australian local press. Journal of Pragmatics, 43 2: 663-676. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2010.09.007


Author Rojas-Lizana, Isolda
Title Justifying and condemning sexual discrimination in everyday discourse: Letters to the Editor in the Australian local press
Journal name Journal of Pragmatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-2166
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2010.09.007
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 663
End page 676
Total pages 4
Place of publication Amsterdam, North-Holland
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This discourse analysis study identifies the discursive strategies and linguistic resources addressers of Letters to the Editor in Australian community papers employ to construct their view of homosexuality; a view which uses the discourses of biology and religion to justify both rejection and acceptance. The analysis of the discursive strategies found in the texts identifies the use of certain 'commonsense arguments', as presented in Discursive Psychology, to justify and legitimate the addressers' positions, as well as the use of keywords in relation to Cognitive Linguistics' concepts. The identification of these elements in the elaboration of the letters' discourses helps to recognise the addressers' standpoint assumptions and their competing values. It was found that although the same discourse of legitimation (the Bible) is used in some of the arguments, addressers apply their own experience to their views of this discourse and thus create opposing arguments. What they have in common, however, is that they are basing the responsibility for rejection or acceptance not on themselves but on the narratives they use. This is used as a justification strategy that helps to avoid issues that could be socially condemned in their web of conversations. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Keyword Cognitive linguistics
Discriminatory discourse
Discursive Psychology
Everyday genre
Letters to the Editor
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 13 October. 2010.

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