Totalitarian Language: Orwell's Newspeak and Its Nazi and Communist Antecedents

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9780813913247: Totalitarian Language: Orwell's Newspeak and Its Nazi and Communist Antecedents

In this analysis of the language of totalitarianism, John Wesley Young examines the manipulation of language by Nazi and Communist regimes. Relating the language of totalitarian regimes to the language Newspeak in George Orwell's satirical novel "1984", Young addresses the similarities and differences between the real and fictional languages, demonstrates the accuracy of Newspeak, and explores the degree of control that language can exert over the thought and behaviour of a people. Based on Orwell's own perceptions of political, literary and linguistic practices, Newspeak is used in the novel by a totalitarian dictatorship to create a distorted view of reality and to control the thought and behaviour of its subjects. It is a language in which heretical ideas cannot be expressed or even concieved. Young's analysis of the speeches and writings of actual dictators, particularly in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, reveals a similar propagandistic structure in the use, or misuse, of language, the purpose of which was to enslave and control the populace. Young's analysis of the effects of these languages on the subjects of totalitarian dictatorships reveals that although Orwell's Newspeak was a potent instrument of control over the thought and behaviour of the citizens, the language of actual totalitarian regimes was not nearly so successful. When official rhetoric and reality did not agree, the skepticism and cynicism of the people gave rise to the phenomenon of counterlanguages that attempted to reinscribe the reality of life under dictorial rule. Young evaluates the extent to which thought control succeeded under the Nazi and Soviet regimes and considers the implications that these findings offer for linguistic determinism.

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Young, John Wesley
Editore: University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville (1991)
ISBN 10: 0813913241 ISBN 13: 9780813913247
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Descrizione libro University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: FINE in Near Fine Dustjacket. CRISP AND SHARP. Near fine dustjacket. Red lettering debossed to spine of dark grey, cloth-covered boards. Clean, bright, tight. 335 pp with appendices, extensive notes, selected bibliography, index of terms and subject index. "Young evaluates the extent to which thought control succeeded under the Nazi and Soviet regimes and considers the implications that these findings offer for linguistic determinism," (rear flap). Codice libro della libreria 71864

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Young, John Wesley
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Descrizione libro Univ of Virginia Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-057-14-2227802

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Descrizione libro University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, VA & London, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Like New. Kevin Raquepaw (Jacket Design) (illustratore). 1st Published 1991. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 335 pp. Clean, fresh copy and dj with very minor shelf wear on front and back flap of dj. Crisp pages and clean text. Codice libro della libreria 5iiBc0028

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Descrizione libro Univ of Virginia Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0813913241

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