Balaïbaou Kassan, Djibrila Tetereou


This paper is about the analysis of moral discourse, an under-investigated field in linguistics. Taking political speeches as analytical data, the study focuses on the expressing of ethical judgments used as a means of destabilization of the political opponent. The adopted method is empirical-inductive and qualitative. Thus, the empirical verification of the validity of the research hypotheses has been possible through the exploration and interpretation of the data collected. The results of the data analysis reveal that causal attribution is a discursive practice through which the political leader expresses his subjectivity in terms of negative evaluation of the actions and political choices of the person he or she is challenging politically. The linguistic processes used in moral judgments expressing are lexical and grammatical.

La présente étude porte sur l’analyse du discours moral qui constitue un parent pauvre des recherches linguistiques. L’étude analyse les jugements éthiques utilisés dans les discours politiques pour déstabiliser l’adversaire politique. La méthodologie adoptée est empirico-inductive et de type qualitatif. Ainsi, la vérification empirique de la validité des hypothèses de recherche a été marquée par l’exploration et l’interprétation des données collectées. Les résultats de l’analyse révèlent que l’attribution causale est la pratique discursive à travers laquelle le leader politique exprime sa subjectivité en termes d’évaluation négative des actions et choix politiques de son adversaire. Les procédés linguistiques d’expression des jugements moraux sont quant à eux lexicaux et grammaticaux.


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