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By Linda Thomas;Shan Wareing

It is a thoroughly up to date and increased moment version of Language, Society and gear. full of life and obtainable, it seems on the ways that language features, the way it affects notion and the way it varies in response to age, ethnicity, classification and gender. How can a language mirror the prestige of kids and older humans? Do women and men speak another way? How can our use of language mark our ethnic identification? The booklet additionally appears to be like at language use in politics and the media and examines how language impacts and constructs our identities, exploring notions of correctness and attitudes in the direction of language use.

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It’s not just people in the public eye who exploit the links between language use and perception. All language users can, and do, make similar choices about the ‘angles of telling’ (from Simpson 1993) they adopt. Indeed, it has even been argued that such alternative ‘angles on reality’ exist not only within the resources of individual languages but also between languages themselves. The following sections explore both of these ideas, and we begin by looking at a well-known theory of language as a representational system devised by Ferdinand de Saussure.

She notes too that there is an explicit element of sanitisation in some aspects of representation: clean bombs are employed in surgically clean strikes where an opponent’s weapons or command centres can be taken out, meaning that they are accurately destroyed without significant damage to anything else. : 2) states, ‘the image is unspeakably ludicrous when the surgical tool is not a delicately controlled scalpel but a nuclear warhead’. Among the other categories that Cohn identified as being important in Nukespeak were sexual metaphors, domestic imagery and religious terminology.

How individuals use the systems available to them varies according to who the speakers are, how they perceive themselves and what identity they want to project. Language use varies also according to the situation, whether it’s public or private, formal or informal, who is being addressed and who might be able to overhear. Integral to these choices we make about language use is the dimension of power, and that will be discussed next. 4 Power Power is a complex and abstract concept, and an infinitely important influence on our lives.

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