In a new era of global conflict involving non-state actors, AT WAR WITH WORDS offers a provocative perspective on the role of language in the genesis, conduct and consequence of mass violence. Sociolinguistics meets political science and communication studies in order to examine interdependence between armed conflict and language. As phenomena attributed only to humans, both armed conflict and language are visible on two axes: language as war discourse, and language as a social policy subject to change by the victorious.
This book will be of interest to linguists, media scholars and political scientists, but is also accessible to any reader interested in language and war. Teachers will find particular chapters useful as course material in discourse analysis, language policy, war and peace studies, conflict resolution, mass communication, and other related disciplines.
FROM THE CONTENTS
MICHAEL BILLIG: Preface: Language as forms of death
MIRJANA N. DEDAIC: Introduction: A peace of word
I. WAR DISCOURSE
KATHRYN RUUD Liberal parasites and other creepers: Rush Limbaugh, Ken Hamblin, and the discursive construction of group identities
SUZANNE WONG SCOLLON: Threat or business as usual? A multimodal, intertextual analysis of a political statement
PAUL CHILTON: Deixis and distance: President Clinton's justification of intervention in Kosovo
ROBERT E. TUCKER AND THEODORE O. PROSISE: The language of atomic science and atomic conflict: Exploring the limits of symbolic representation
KWEKU OSAM: The politics of discontent: A discourse analysis of texts of the Reform Movement in Ghana
ALEXANDER POLLAK: When guilt becomes a foreign country: Guilt and Responsibility in Austrian postwar media-representation of the Second World War
GERTRAUD BENKE AND RUTH WODAK: Remembering and forgetting: The discursive construction of generational memories
II. LANGUAGE WARS
KEITH LANGSTON AND ANITA PETI-STANTIC: Attitudes towards linguistic purism in Croatia: Evaluating efforts at language reform
RUMIKO SHINZATO: Wars, politics, and language: A case study of the Okinawan language
KAZUKO MATSUMOTO AND DAVID BRITAIN: Language choice and cultural hegemony: Linguistic symbols of domination and resistance in Palau
MARILENA KARYOLEMOU: "Keep your language and I'll keep mine": Politics, language, and the construction of identities in Cyprus
RENÉE DICKASON: Advertising for peace as political communication
MARK ALLEN PETERSON: American warriors speaking American: The metapragmatics of performance in the nation state
DANIEL N. NELSON: Conclusion: Word peace
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