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Thinking/Speaking/Acting "Freely"? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Free Speech Provisions in the United States and Russian Constitutions


Abstract A critical discourse analysis (CDA) was employed to examine judicial opinions in the United States and Russia on the free speech provisions in their respective constitutions. As a research perspective, CDA is designed to directly speak to social change, focusing on power, history, ideology, and language’s role as a social phenomenon in expressing values of individuals and social groups (Wodak & Meyer, 2001). Fairclough’s (2001) methodological approach to CDA was selected for its consistency and structure in examining societal issues in CDA; namely, a five-stage approach that includes: (1) focusing on a social problem that possesses a semiotic aspect; (2) identifying obstacles to addressing the problem through text as semiosis (in relati... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Weaver, Amanda (Author) / Sipka, Danko (Advisor) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / Bambauer, Jane (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / Law
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 149 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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