CAROL M. EASTMAN These selected papers on a common topic of "Language in Power," from the spring 1989 seminar of the University of Washington's program in the Comparative Study of Ethnicity and Nationality (CSEN), take a distinct approach to the study of language and political economy. The papers complement recent interest in the interaction of language use and political behavior. In particular, these papers complement Norman Fairclough's Language and Power (1989) and its emphasis on the social effects of language in such areas äs advertising, police interrogations, doctor-patient interaction, and political rhetoric. The papers here also complement Language andPolitics (Otero 1989), a collection of Interviews with Noam Chomsky, in which Chomsky discusses the inherent power in language äs exercised, for example, in Propaganda. Fairclough's book focuses on the way language affects what people do, while Otero's Chomsky Interviews stress the relationship between linguistic and political analysis -- both seen äs ways to understand human nature and cognition. Where Fairclough proposes a manner of critical language study to understand discourse used in shaping social, economic, and political institutions and Chomsky similarly presents a critical approach to the world's hegemonic discourse, the present work is a survey of macro-level social
International Journal of the Sociology of Language – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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