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A Linguistic Analysis of Diplomatic Discourse

UN Resolutions on the Question of Palestine

Author(s): Germana D’Acquisto
Contributors: Germana D'Acquisto;

Book Description

This book explores the language used by the United Nations Resolutions on the Question of Palestine. The corpus used in this analysis includes sixty-six Security Council Resolutions (2965 words) and forty General Assembly Resolutions (2529 words) from 1948 to 2006 related to the most relevant events of the conflict.

In particular, the study investigates the role of the English verbal system in relation to modality in the institutional language of the United Nations and the different pragmatic purposes of its normative text types, taking into account the communicative interaction between the legal authority, the United Nations, and the addressees, Member States and the International Community. It discusses the use of prescriptive and performative verbs used to express different degrees of obligation in the United Nations documents.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5072-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5072-1
Date of Publication: 01/04/2017
Pages / Size: 140 / A5
Price: £58.99


Germana D’Acquisto is a Lecturer at the University of Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy, and a Secondary English teacher and a member of the Associazione Italiana di Anglistica. She holds a PhD in English for Special Purposes, having completed a dissertation on the legal and diplomatic language of the United Nations. She was a member of the Napoli research group for the PRIN project “Tension and Change in English Domain-Specific Genres” in 2007. Her main research interests and publications are in the fields of institutional, diplomatic, and legal English discourse, and language teaching. Her recent studies deal with aspects of modernization and dissemination of knowledge of legal and institutional (web) language.