Article published in:Contemporary Chinese Discourse and Social Practice in China
Edited by Linda Tsung and Wei Wang
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse 4] 2015
► pp. 11–26
Language and Power in China
The existence of a specific form of political discourse and its associated actions and rituals in the People’s Republic of China has been long noted. This chapter reviews the literature on the existence of these key words and expressions and the context in which they were produced, particularly as they relate to power. It then looks at the ways in which elite political leaders in the Communist Party from 2012 have created within the specific power discourse of contemporary China a language which, while evidently profoundly affected and challenged by that from diverse media which now exists, continues to assert its privileged position within social language forms.
Published online: 09 October 2015
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