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Abstract

The goal of this chapter is to analyse the forms and communicative functions of quotations as follow-ups in mediated political discourse where they are used strategically to achieve the following goals: (1) intensify the force of an argument, (2) demonstrate ideological coherence or non-coherence, (3) construct, reconstruct and deconstruct the credibility of self and others, and (4) express alignment and disalignment. On a more global level, quotation contribute to the construal of interdiscursitivity by beckoning the addressees out of the on-going discourse into a more or less specified prior discourse and back again, thus following-up on what has been mentioned before. In interviews, they are used to challenge the argumentative coherence and credibility of a politician (and her/his party). In British Prime Minister&#8217;s Questions and in speeches, they are used to provide relevant background information against which the deconstruction of the opponent&#8217;s ideological coherence and the reconstruction of ideological coherence of self are based.

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