Language, Power and Ideology: Studies in Political Discourse

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Ruth Wodak
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
The topic of Language and Ideology has increasingly gained importance in the linguistic sciences. The general aim of critical linguistics is the exploration of the mechanisms of power which establish inequality, through the systematic analysis of political discourse (written or oral). This reader contains papers on a variety of topics, all related to each other through explicit discussions on the notion of ideology from an interdisciplinary approach with illustrative analyses of texts from the media, newspapers, schoolbooks, pamphlets, talkshows, speeches concerning language policy in Nazi-Germany, in Italofascism, and also policies prevalent nowadays. Among the interesting subjects studied are the jargon of the student movement of 1968, speeches of politicians, racist and sexist discourse, and the language of the green movement. Because of the enormous influence of the media nowadays, the explicit analysis of the mechanisms of manipulation, suggestion, and persuasion inherent in language or about language behaviour and strategies of discourse are of social relevance and of interest to all scholars of social sciences, to readers in all educational institutions, to analysts of political discourse, and to critical readers at large.
 

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Contents

the concept of Nazi language policy in occupied HollandDeutsche Zeitung in den Niederlanden 19401945
3
the case of language education
39
The political language of Futurism and its relationship to Italian Fascism
57
War with words
81
Part II Language of politicsor politicians
93
Some remarks on linguistic strategies of persuasion
95
Credibility and political language
115
The power of political jargon a Club2 discussion
137
towards the functional ambivalence of stereotypes
181
Part III Institutions control and discourse in specific settings
197
Mediating racism The role of the media in the reproduction of racism
199
a program for critical linguistics
227
The case of W A critical journey to the border between psychiatry and justice
251
Revising the patriarchal paradigm Language change and feminist language politics
273
The series Critical Theory Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Discourse and Ideology Series
289
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Phonological variation in parliamentary discussions
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