oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - "Diplology", or diplomatic rhetoric : a case study regarding Iraq

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



In her study on the pragmatics of diplomatic discourse, Constanze Villar declares that "Diplomatic discourse enjoys a poor reputation: it is called banal and euphemistic, clichéd or mendacious". The study then continues with a dismantling exercise to illustrate how what is considered to be a lie is, in actual fact, a series of rhetorical techniques of ambiguity. In my , I have analysed diplomatic speech used by the executive power (and not career diplomats) as being the implementation of three hyper-diplomatic means of persuasion (the colossus, glory and the totem). Cases do exist where, in the hands of an ambitious or zealous diplomat, the desire for "hyper-diplomacy" results in an effective lie. Such is the subject of the following analysis.

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