Sivan Cohen-Wiesenfeld

Sivan Cohen-Wiesenfeld received her PhD at Tel-Aviv University in January 2007. The subject of her thesis, supervised by Ruth Amossy, was "Le discours diplomatique sous sa forme épistolaire, à travers la correspondance diplomatique entre la France et l'Allemagne entre 1871 et 1914 [Diplomatic discourse in its epistolary form, through the diplomatic correspondence between France and Germany between 1871 and 1914]. She is graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris), and is now teaching at the Department of Communication of the Ariel University Center. She has been an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of French of Tel-Aviv University, and is currently a research assistant in that university. She has published in collective works and scientific journals various articles on diplomatic correspondence and is currently preparing a book on that subject based on her thesis.


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Thesis abstract

Diplomatic discourse: Analysis of the diplomatic correspondence between France and Germany between 1871 and 1914.

Through the analysis of a corpus of forty volumes of diplomatic documents published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs involving the period extending from the Franco-German war of 1870 to the First World War, this work seeks to bring into focus the rules characterizing diplomatic discourse in its epistolary form. The work proposes to treat a corpus generally studied by historians in order to see what light linguistic and argumentative analysis may shed on historical knowledge. The individual chapters of this thesis are: the conventional rules of diplomatic correspondence and the manuals of diplomacy, the expression of subjectivity in diplomatic correspondence, the functions and the issues at stake in reported speech in diplomatic correspondence, diplomatic negotiations and pragmatic negotiations, the role of images and of representations of the Other in diplomatic correspondence.


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