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TitleThe rhetoric of regional planning: a cross-disciplinary approach
Author(s)Sousa, Alcina
Lourenço, Júlia
Keywordscorpus linguistics
modal carriers
Regional plans
Sustainability development
Issue dateSep-2012
JournalTopics in Linguistics
CitationSousa A., Lourenço J. The Rhetoric of Regional Planning: a Cross-Disciplinary Approach, Topics in Linguistics, pp. 28-41, 2012
Abstract(s)Analysing discourse as a social practice and the rhetoric of regional plans entails a focus on the features of context, such as identities of participants, the social structures, and the professional relationships urban planning is likely to maintain or change. This paper aims at discussing recurrent trends in regional land-use planning concerning development versus conservation in the 1990s in the Portuguese context. Two regional plans, whose date of approval shows a ten-year span, are compared within a cross-disciplinary framework with two tourism plans. Two major fields, namely linguistics (i.e. corpus linguistics and discourse analysis) and territory planning, highlight how language in regulations is used, based on a quantitative empirical study. The main findings, drawing both on exploratory data and methods from computational linguistics, point towards increasing levels of subjectivity. The close scrutiny of linguistic and discursive choices, with a focus on the interaction of segmental, supra-segmental and textual levels, also highlights the multimodal nature of the regulations of these two regional land plans. Concurrently, underlying discourses towards development rather than conservation come to the fore in both plans.
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