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‘Patientenautonomie’ und ‘Lebensschutz’. Eine empirische Studie zu agonalen Zentren im Rechtsdiskurs über Sterbehilfe

  • On the basis of a law text corpus which consists of judicial decisions and jurisprudential papers on so-called assisted suicide from 1977 to 2011, agonal centres are determined within the paradigm of corpus-based pragma-semiotic text analysis. Agonal centres are defined as action-guiding concepts that are in conflict with each other concerning the general acceptance of event interpretations, options for actions, claims of validity, contextual knowledge and values. These action-guiding concepts are derived with the help of quantitative and qualitative methods. Discourse linguistic interpretations are thus rendered more objective with the help of semi-automatic methods; furthermore, specific discourse features of the discourse and approaches to interpretation can be derived from (un)expected linguistic significances of occurrence, distribution, frequency etc. at the linguistic surface. Finally, these agonal centres specific to the language of law are compared to agonal centres which are determined on the basis of a media corpus on the same issue. This provides a comparative insight into the constitution of a seemingly identical fact in everyday and special language, which demonstrates the sociopolitical relevance of analysing the constitution of reality as instructed by language.

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Author:Ekkehard Felder, Janine Luth, Friedemann VogelGND
Parent Title (German):Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Date of Publication (online):2016/07/27
First Page:1
Last Page:36
Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.

This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Textlinguistik / Schriftsprache
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG