This paper builds on Kuzar’s (2008) analysis of the concept of “Right of Return” in contemporary Palestinian discourse, and his observation that discursive devices are used to construct a narrative of reality that supports a particular viewpoint. Focussing on Karmi’s (2007) advocacy of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinan conflict, this paper examines the author’s use of English concessives (including counter-assertions and concessive connectives) as a discursive device to construct reality. Adopting a basically pragmatic approach, the analysis focuses on a small number of examples from the text. It is argued that concessives perform two main strategic functions: they confer a degree of coherence upon contrasting data and they lend dialogic overtones to the text. Furthermore, concessive connectives are shown to be multi-functional. They are bearers of implied content (of contrast and exception), instantiations of a constant logical structure, and instruments of speech acts (of concession). They also perform a procedural rather than representative role in argumentation: they instruct readers how to process relations between propositions.

Constructing reality in Palestinian discourse: the strategic function of concessives

GRAY, GEOFFREY MICHAEL
2010

Abstract

This paper builds on Kuzar’s (2008) analysis of the concept of “Right of Return” in contemporary Palestinian discourse, and his observation that discursive devices are used to construct a narrative of reality that supports a particular viewpoint. Focussing on Karmi’s (2007) advocacy of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinan conflict, this paper examines the author’s use of English concessives (including counter-assertions and concessive connectives) as a discursive device to construct reality. Adopting a basically pragmatic approach, the analysis focuses on a small number of examples from the text. It is argued that concessives perform two main strategic functions: they confer a degree of coherence upon contrasting data and they lend dialogic overtones to the text. Furthermore, concessive connectives are shown to be multi-functional. They are bearers of implied content (of contrast and exception), instantiations of a constant logical structure, and instruments of speech acts (of concession). They also perform a procedural rather than representative role in argumentation: they instruct readers how to process relations between propositions.
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