Intertextual references in Austrian parliamentary debates

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In this chapter, the contributions Austrian MPs deliver during the debate afterthe inaugural speech of a new federal chancellor are investigated under a discourseanalytic and rhetorical-argumentative perspective. As the debate contributionsrefer only to a limited set of reference text, this specific communicationsituation provides a quasi-experimental setting in which “follow-up” moves inpolitical discourse can be studied. MPs’ follow-up moves during one inauguralspeech debate (approx. 12 hours) are investigated on three dimensions: sourceof reference, linguistic form of reference, rhetorical/argumentative function ofstatement. Political affiliations of MPs and the time of statement delivery (duringor after live TV broadcast) are taken as independent variables of the analysis.Results show that evaluation patterns change during time and that there aretwo “genres” of debate contributions: the “alternative policy focussed statement”and the “evaluation focussed statement” which display different linguistic andrhetorical/argumentative characteristics.


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