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University of Edinburgh

1. Focarino, Brian. Laughter’s Linguistic Politics.

Degree: 2012, University of Edinburgh

This paper addresses the various ways in which humor functions in discourse as a communicative strategy that supports stance-taking, facework, and ethos construction. The paper examines the role of humor across seventeen speeches given by former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the first Defense Secretary in American history to serve under two Presidents of different political parties. It takes current thinking in the fields of sociolinguistics, humor studies and rhetoric, and integrates contributions from these disciplines into a unified analysis of one public figure’s use of humor. The analysis submits that Gates possesses a unique ‘rhetorical signature’ of humor held constant throughout each of Gates’ speeches, transcending political party, but that audience characteristics and location play the largest roles in conditioning the specific kinds of humor Gates chooses to make use of in individual speeches. Advisors/Committee Members: Trousdale, Graeme.

Subjects/Keywords: Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Humor; Rhetoric; Defense; Robert Gates; Public Speaking; Focarino

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APA (6th Edition):

Focarino, B. (2012). Laughter’s Linguistic Politics. (Thesis). University of Edinburgh. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1842/8411

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Focarino, Brian. “Laughter’s Linguistic Politics.” 2012. Thesis, University of Edinburgh. Accessed August 11, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1842/8411.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Focarino, Brian. “Laughter’s Linguistic Politics.” 2012. Web. 11 Aug 2020.

Vancouver:

Focarino B. Laughter’s Linguistic Politics. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Edinburgh; 2012. [cited 2020 Aug 11]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/8411.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Focarino B. Laughter’s Linguistic Politics. [Thesis]. University of Edinburgh; 2012. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/8411

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation


Louisiana State University

2. White Jr, John Bernell. The strategic mind of Zbigniew Brzezinski: how a native Pole used Afghanistan to protect his homeland.

Degree: MALA, Arts and Humanities, 2012, Louisiana State University

Many years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in late 1979, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Gates revealed several formerly classified details regarding the Carter Administration’s pre-invasion aid to the Mujahideen resistance fighters. Unwittingly, these separate yet interconnected disclosures from Brzezinski and Gates gave the appearance that the White House had intentionally lured the USSR into an insurgent-infested trap in Afghanistan designed to give Moscow its own Vietnam War. Brzezinski, being in a much higher position within the administration than Gates and coming forth with the most provocative revelations, was subsequently accused by many of essentially instigating a war all by himself. But although Brzezinski had hoped that the Soviets would get bogged down in a “Vietnamese quagmire” in Afghanistan if they decided to intervene, he did not attempt to lure the Russians into a trap. The covert aid to the Mujahideen was carried out to trap Moscow only if it continued to act aggressively in the Third World. In addition to Brzezinski’s need to limit the Soviet Union’s capability to project strength in the Third World, he admitted to this author that he had other strategic and personal reasons for aiding the Mujahideen. Months before President Carter signed the covert aid directive on July 3, 1979, Brzezinski had begun to receive quite explicit information from CIA assets in his native Poland that the situation there was on the verge of an explosion. These developments prompted him to turn his thoughts toward both crises simultaneously, with the ultimate goal to develop a strategy that would protect his homeland at all costs. In the final analysis, Brzezinski was correct in his assessment that aiding the Mujahideen and turning up the heat on the Soviets in Afghanistan would later prevent the Kremlin from sending its troops into Poland in order to squelch the burgeoning labor movement known as Solidarity.

Subjects/Keywords: Cold War; Peaceful Engagement; Walt Slocombe; Robert Gates; Zbigniew Brzezinski; Jimmy Carter; Afghanistan; Poland; Solidarity; Mujahideen; Soviet Union; Pope John Paul II; Le Nouvel Observateur; Kuklinski

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White Jr, J. B. (2012). The strategic mind of Zbigniew Brzezinski: how a native Pole used Afghanistan to protect his homeland. (Masters Thesis). Louisiana State University. Retrieved from etd-04252012-175722 ; https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_theses/3791

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

White Jr, John Bernell. “The strategic mind of Zbigniew Brzezinski: how a native Pole used Afghanistan to protect his homeland.” 2012. Masters Thesis, Louisiana State University. Accessed August 11, 2020. etd-04252012-175722 ; https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_theses/3791.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

White Jr, John Bernell. “The strategic mind of Zbigniew Brzezinski: how a native Pole used Afghanistan to protect his homeland.” 2012. Web. 11 Aug 2020.

Vancouver:

White Jr JB. The strategic mind of Zbigniew Brzezinski: how a native Pole used Afghanistan to protect his homeland. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Louisiana State University; 2012. [cited 2020 Aug 11]. Available from: etd-04252012-175722 ; https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_theses/3791.

Council of Science Editors:

White Jr JB. The strategic mind of Zbigniew Brzezinski: how a native Pole used Afghanistan to protect his homeland. [Masters Thesis]. Louisiana State University; 2012. Available from: etd-04252012-175722 ; https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_theses/3791

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