A trinocular view of the auxiliary verb will in COVID-19 briefings from Westminster and Holyrood

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Abstract

This corpus assisted investigation of the auxiliary verb will examines the various modalities and functions realised in the register of political briefings given by Scottish (Holyrood) and United Kingdom (Westminster) representatives throughout the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.
A trinocular approach is taken to consider the lexicogrammatical environment of will (from around), the discourse semantics of will (from above) and the relationship between contraction and meaning (from below).
Our trinocular approach with a focus on will as a highly frequent item with great meaning potential has enabled us to gain insights about the nature of how politicians used modality to persuade, organise and empathise within coronavirus media briefings and thus shape their public personas as leaders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-160
Number of pages37
JournalLanguage, Context and Text: The Social Semiotics Forum
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2023

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Keywords

  • trinocular view
  • modality
  • political discourse
  • crisis communications

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