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Language and Politics

John Joseph


Language, this book argues, is political from top to bottom, whether considered at the level of an individual speaker's choice of language or style of discourse with others (where interpersonal politics are performed), at the level of political rhetoric, or indeed all the way up to the formation of national languages. By bringing together this set of topics and highlighting how they are interrelated, the book functions as a textbook on any applied or sociolinguistic course in which some or all of these various aspects of the politics of language are covered. The chapter headings include: how p ... More

Keywords: language, politics, discourse, interpersonal politics, political rhetoric, national languages, linguistic correctness, propaganda, interpretation, hegemony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624522
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Joseph, author