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Title: 'Sharp wits and fine phrases': Euphemism and dysphemism in the war-on-Iraq discourse
Author: Bahaa-Eddin M. Mazid
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Institution: United Arab Emirates University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: The paper explores the use of euphemism and dysphemism in the war-on-Iraq discourse as found in a small number of relevant documents and news reports. A quadrant of euphemizing and dysphemizing is identified. Positive representation of self and negative representation of other are the realizations of the strategic functions of legitimizing and deligitmizing and these are, in turn, important tools of war propaganda and counter-propaganda. The micro-strategies leading up to legitimizing or delegitimizing in the verbal war between the US and Iraq are identified and illustrated.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: to appear in the Journal of Language and Politics
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