Vol. 1,No. 5, December 2011

Author(s): Fezzeh Mehdipour, Nesa Nabifar

Abstract: The present study focuses on the application of evasion techniques - initially introduced by Bavelas (1990) and then developed by Bull (2003) - by American Foreign Ministers within the last decade. Three main news were selected (CNN-BBC-NBC) and 20 interviews were randomly selected .The analysis of data was conducted through a detailed description of the questions and answers .The techniques were examined and also the dimensions of resistance were analyzed to see if there is a relationship between the kind of resistance and the type of evasion techniques. Finally ,the interviewees for each minister were compared to clarify the frequency of the used techniques and differences in application of each technique, while indicating significant differences between these two sets of interviews ,the study proves that there are similarities in application of techniques . It also proves that different politicians often use the same dimension of resistance. The way the politicians resist is different from person to person. Some choose to resist positively and some negatively but this study proves that the main dimension of resistance is “positive dimension and topic shift ‟‟.

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