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ABSTRACT. This paper addresses the construction of institutional authority and interactional hegemony in public political discourse. The arguments are based on the detailed analysis of one case from a town council meeting in the city of Vigo, in Galiza (Spain). It is argued that authority-building is achieved through a basic conversational mechanism: the tactical constitution of local power alliances between interactants. A number of discursive resources are mobilized by institutional figures to crystallize such alliances and to strive for local hegemonic control of the space of talk: reported speech, language and register, prosodic code, turn distribution, rhetorical templates, and the manipulation of indexicals, identity terms, and spatial referential expressions. These tactics, in turn, encounter audiences' oppositional, disaffiliative moves. The conversational power underlying authority-building thus inherently consists of a confrontational, dynamic relationship between interactants bound by local configurations of alliances.


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