Defining Functions of Danish Political Commentary

Mette Bengtsson, Mary L. Kahl

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In Denmark political commentary is still a relatively new phenomenon. This paper analyzes the metadiscourse in relation to political commentary to identify the different understandings that have coalesced around political commentary as a genre. I argue that people in different positions (e.g. citizens, politicians, journalists, political editors, chief editors and political commentators themselves) emphasize different explanations for the rise of the genre and thereby functions of political commentary as part of an argumentative strategy favouring their own interests
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation: Cognition and Community : Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA)
EditorsFrank Zenker
Number of pages8
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventOntario Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference: Argumentation: Cognition & Community - University of Windsor, Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 May 201121 May 2011


ConferenceOntario Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference
LocationUniversity of Windsor
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Faculty of Humanities
  • pundit
  • public debate
  • democracy
  • persuasion
  • rhetoric
  • genre
  • function
  • political commentator

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