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Impoliteness on the political stage: The case of the 2019 final Macedonian presidential debate

Authors
  • Neshkovska, Silvana1
  • 1 St. Kliment Ohridski University Faculty of Education – Bitola, Ul. Vasko Karangjelevski, bb , (Macedonia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Lodz Papers in Pragmatics
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Dec 16, 2020
Volume
16
Issue
2
Pages
285–304
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/lpp-2020-0013
Source
De Gruyter
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Abstract

Electoral debates are a win-lose game in which the stakes for the political contenders are extremely high. The antagonistic nature of these encounters very frequently results in impoliteness or face aggravating moves with which the debaters aim to hurt the opponent’s positive or negative face. The aim of this research is to investigate the impoliteness strategies employed by politicians during electoral debates. Garcia-Pastor’s (2008) positive-face and negative-face impoliteness strategies are taken as a starting point in the analysis at hand. The final electoral debate of the 2019 presidential elections in the Republic of North Macedonia is used as a data source for this research, which is based on several different hypotheses and is both qualitatively and quantitative oriented. The findings of the research are in line with the insights gained from previous studies, which, more or less, suggests that Macedonian politicians follow the mainstream “rules” when it comes to using impoliteness in political debates.

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