Evasion and hedging in the language of parliamentary Question Time
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PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta
SourceLinguistica Pragensia, 2017, 27, 2, 83-95
pragmatics, political discourse, hedging, evasion, parliamentary Question Time, House of Commons(United Kingdom), House of Representatives (Australia)
The paper examines evasion and hedging in the language of parliamentary Question Time in the BritishHouse of Commons and in the Australian House of Representatives. It analyses the usage of evasionand hedging, and briefly investigates the relation between these two linguistic phenomena. Moreover,it seeks to test the methodological approach, and the conclusions reached in the previous research, especiallyby Alan Partington (2003) and Bruce Fraser (2010), and to provide a comparative perspectiveon the rhetorical culture and communication conventions in the British and Australian Question Time.