Terror and Evil in Iraq

This paper (Terror and Evil in Iraq: A Study of Political Discourse) aims to determine the validity of the hypothesis that the effective and eloquent use of language can result in shaping beliefs and altering people’s perception of certain phenomena. In order to explore this hypothesis, a speech given by George W. Bush concerning the Iraq war is examined, followed by a brief study of two corpora, the Time Magazine Corpus and the Corpus of Contemporary American English, where the collocation patterns of the words Iraq, evil and terror are examined. The paper starts by presenting the main concepts upon which this study is based, i.e. mental frames, the co-operative principle and conversational maxims and finally, various rhetoric devices. An analysis section follows, where George Bush’s speech is examined with the help of the concepts mentioned above and the analysis continues with the corpora-study….


1. Introduction
2. Aim, Scope and Research Questions
3. Method and Material
4. Theoretical Background
4.1 Mental Frames
4.2 The ‘Co-operative Principle’
4.3 Rhetoric Devices
5. Analysis
5.1 President Bush’s Speech
5.2 Iraq, Terror and Evil
6. Summary and Conclusion

Author: Dekavalla, Georgia

Source: Vaxjo University

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