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[Book Discussion] The Linguistic Approach To Politics: A Malaysian Contribution

About the Book

Linguistics, being the study of language, can examine various domains in our daily lives. Politics, particularly, deploys ‘language games’ because individual/institutional actors use language to legitimise actions and decisions that have real-life impact. In this talk, the speaker will be sharing how Discursive Approaches to Politics in Malaysia employs linguistic-based concepts to understand politics in Malaysia. This edited volume presents research on texts produced by and on Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional from 2008 to 2020. These texts utilise language to favor/disfavor the government, a party and citizens, and hence can shape the representation and evaluation of multiple concerns facing Malaysia.


Date: 22 February 2023, Wednesday
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm (Doors open from 7.00pm)
Venue: Penang Institute, 10-12 Brown Road, George Town, Penang
Moderator: Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng, Executive Director, Penang Institute

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About the Speaker

Dr Kumaran Rajandran is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He teaches BA and MA courses and supervises MA and PhD research in Linguistics. His research involves the multimodal study of various discourses, exploring the articulation of identity and ideology in contemporary societies.

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