Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report

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  • Additional Information
    • Contributors:
      UCL - SSH/ILC/PLIN - Pôle de recherche en linguistique
    • Publication Information:
      De Gruyter Mouton
    • Publication Date:
      2018
    • Collection:
      DIAL@USL-B (Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles)
    • Abstract:
      Drawing on discourse analysis and cognitive linguistics, this paper analyzes the discursive construction of human rights violations in the report of the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also called Rettig Commission. We show that there is a strong contrast in how the victims and perpetrators are represented in the case descriptions. While the victims are clearly identified, the perpetrators are not identified individually. Moreover, through a variety of strategies, the agent of the human rights violations often remains vague or unexpressed. Furthermore, we show that different sources of information are included in the event description – entailing different windows of attention – save the perpetrator’s testimonies. By doing so, the report clearly privileges in its discursive construction of the events the non-attribution of responsibility over the completeness of information principle.
    • Accession Number:
      10.1515/text-2017-0028
    • Online Access: http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/191986
    • Rights:
      info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
    • Accession Number:
      edsbas.526F0916
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DE COCK, B.; MICHAUD MATURANA, D. Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report. [s. l.], 2018. DOI 10.1515/text-2017-0028. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.526F0916. Acesso em: 10 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      De Cock B, Michaud Maturana D. Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report. 2018. doi:10.1515/text-2017-0028
    • APA:
      De Cock, B., & Michaud Maturana, D. (2018). Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report. https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2017-0028
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      De Cock, Barbara, and Daniel Michaud Maturana. 2018. “Discursive Construction of Human Rights Violations: The Case of the Chilean Rettig Report.” doi:10.1515/text-2017-0028.
    • Harvard:
      De Cock, B. and Michaud Maturana, D. (2018) ‘Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report’. doi: 10.1515/text-2017-0028.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      De Cock, B & Michaud Maturana, D 2018, ‘Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report’, viewed 10 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      De Cock, Barbara, and Daniel Michaud Maturana. Discursive Construction of Human Rights Violations: The Case of the Chilean Rettig Report. 2018. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1515/text-2017-0028.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      De Cock, Barbara, and Daniel Michaud Maturana. “Discursive Construction of Human Rights Violations: The Case of the Chilean Rettig Report,” 2018. doi:10.1515/text-2017-0028.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      De Cock B, Michaud Maturana D. Discursive construction of human rights violations: the case of the Chilean Rettig report. 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 10]; Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.526F0916