Whose Language?

A study in Linguistic Pragmatics

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"For the colonized person, objectivity is always directed against him" (Frantz Fanon). Colonized persons do not live on what we call (or used to call) the "colonies" alone. In general, objective reality, or the "facts of life", are very different depending on the kind of life you can afford. This goes for language as well; and it explains both the title of this book, and gives it its "raison d'être". It deals with power in language, and asks: Who is really in command when we use "our" language? And why does it make sense to talk about a language of power (or lack of it)? The powerful are the colonizers, the colonized are the powerless, in language as in geopolitics. Colonizers and colonized alike, however, are subject to the social and economic conditions prevailing in society and therefore, a thorough analysis of these conditions is a must for any socially-oriented theory of language use.
[Pragmatics & Beyond Companion Series, 3]  1985.  ix, 412 pp.
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Table of Contents
0. About this book
1
0.0. Preliminary Remarks
1
0.1. Introduction
7
1. Language and manipulation
19
1.0. The cement of society
21
1.1. Manipulatory language: general
23
1.2. Manipulatory language: special
63
1.3. Concluding remarks
82
2. Language and industry
86
2.0. Introduction: Data selection
87
2.1. DR and the Oil Strike
91
2.2. Immigrant language education
136
3. Making a theory
164
3.0. Introduction
165
3.1. Wording
166
3.2. Language's rationale
176
3.3. Wording and society
179
3.4. Words and commodities
207
3.5. Industrial wording
217
3.6. A double logic
329
4. What about linguistics?
334
4.0. Introduction: Science and method
335
4.1. A tale of two tongues
341
4.2. Linguistic oppression
351
4.3. Social linguistics
354
4.4. Sexism and reversal
364
4.5. Language and power
369
References
375
Index
391
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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