What is it about?

This paper looks at how several French and New Caledonian politicians influenced the debate about independence between France and New Caledonia. Using a mix of language analysis methods, the research revealed that certain politicians tried to change how people thought about the Kanak minority to support their preferred outcome. There seemed to be an unequal understanding between the parties involved, which made the negotiation process challenging and revealed deep differences in the stakeholders' goals and cultural values. By exploring these arguments, the research sheds light on the complexities of the debate.

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Why is it important?

Even though the independence debate between France and New Caledonia has ended, this study remains important as it offers historical insights into the dynamics of the past discussions. By understanding the tactics used in the discourse, it provides valuable lessons for future dialogues, negotiations, and intercultural interactions, making it a unique contribution to understanding the complexities of such debates.

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This page is a summary of: Intrinsic opposition in the debate on New Caledonian independence: a critical discourse analysis, Journal of World Languages, September 2014, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1080/21698252.2014.989938.
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