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John Joseph

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624522

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624522.001.0001

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Overview: How politics permeates language (and vice versa)

Overview: How politics permeates language (and vice versa)

(p.1) Chapter 1 Overview: How politics permeates language (and vice versa)
Language and Politics

John E. Joseph

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces real examples of the problems and tensions that make language and politics a central concern of applied linguistics. It discusses the politics of different ways of speaking; the politics of talking to others; the politics of what ‘the language’ is; the politics of which language to speak; the politics of policing the language; language, thought, and politicians; and language and choice.

Keywords:   language, politics, applied linguistics, speaking, thought, politicians, choice

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