An Exploration of the Use of Emotional Discourse in Parliamentary Deliberations: A Critical Discourse Approach

An Exploration of the Use of Emotional Discourse in Parliamentary Deliberations: A Critical Discourse Approach

Magret Jongore (Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8094-2.ch010

Abstract

In Parliament, problem-solving argumentation calls for several thresholds of proof. This chapter presents the Rhetoric of Parliamentary. The role of such rhetoric is to articulate political motives and legitimize political action. This therefore calls for a review of language use as a concrete display of power: securing political power, challenging it, competing for it, or defending and consolidating it. In socio-historical periods marked by significant paradigm shifts and political polarizations, parliaments have played a decisive role in benchmarking current societal issues and exposing party-political agendas by debating the pros and cons of alternative political solutions. The chapter with the use of critical discourse analysis (CDA) reveals forms of power inherent in this discourse. CDA as a theoretical framework insists that there is no language that is neutral. Thus, CDA unravels unequal power relations, ideological inclinations and hegemony parliamentary discourse of this chapter.
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Introduction

The chapter makes use of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary discourse which is in agreement with the universal mandate as provided by The Administration of Parliament (n.d.). This source insists that, universally, the mandate of Parliaments may be generally described as legislative, representational and oversight in nature as well as judicial to some extent. These core functions have evolved over millennia and in their present form; they chiefly comprise legislation, consent to taxation and control of public expenditure, debate on government policy and scrutiny of government administration. However, before a detailed comparative enunciation of the roles of parliament, it is important for one to understand the constitutional mandate of Parliament as derived from the new Constitution of Zimbabwe that was passed by the Parliament of Zimbabwe on the 15th of May 2013 and assented to by His Excellency the President on the 22nd of May 2013.

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