Language and the Complex of Ideology

A Socio-Cognitive Study of Warfare Discourse in Britain

  • Mohamed Douifi

Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mohamed Douifi
    Pages 1-16
  3. Mohamed Douifi
    Pages 105-159
  4. Mohamed Douifi
    Pages 203-211
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-221

About this book


This book undertakes a systematic analysis of the workings of ideology in discourse, using an interdisciplinary approach that links language, cognition and society. Through examination of two corpora - a collection of British newspaper articles and a set of political speeches - the author examines Britain's involvement in the Iraq War (2003), and critically assesses the language practices which constructed a pro-war ideology under Tony Blair's premiership. Drawing on a constellation of concepts from van Dijk's socio-cognitive model, this book carries out both qualitative and quantitative analyses and conceptualises discourse as a nonlinear, highly discursive and socio-cognitive phenomenon. This innovative work will appeal to students and scholars of Cognitive Linguistics, Quantitative Linguistics, Social Constructivism, Critical Discourse Analysis, Political Sciences and Communication Studies.


Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) ideology Political discourse media discourse Tony Blair Iraq war newspapers language, cognition and society social cognition Cognitive Linguistics Teun A. van Dijk micro and macro structures Social Constructivism Quantitative Linguistics cognitive psychology New Labour

Authors and affiliations

  • Mohamed Douifi
    • 1
  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of Algiers-2AlgiersAlgeria

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