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Means of Increasing Credibility in Religious Discourse
Mälardalens högskola.
2013 (English)In: Language and Communication Quarterly, ISSN 2168-7641, Vol. 2, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper looks into discursive practices of increasing credibility of a message and its source deployed in religious discourse for the purpose of boosting its persuasive potential. It is based on author’s research and analysis of a corpus of religious texts and illustrates the use of credibility boosters by presenting examples selected from sources of several denominations and religious movements (Christians, Latter-Day Saints, Jehova’s Witnesses, United Christian Action, etc.). Besides, it statistically maps the distribution of credibility boosters across four samples used by Judaism and Christianity, Church of Latter-Day Saints, Heaven’s Gate, and Church of Scientology. It also points out recent trends in some of the persuasive mechanisms deployed to induce a change of individual’s opinion and/or behavior.

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Niagara Falls, 2013. Vol. 2, no 4
Keyword [en]
persuasion, religious discourse, credibility, credibility boosters, corpus linguistics
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25820OAI: diva2:779769
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-01-20Bibliographically approved

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