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ALTERITY AND DISCURSIVE METAMORPHOSES OF NEWSPEAK
ALTERITY AND DISCURSIVE METAMORPHOSES OF NEWSPEAK

Author(s): Cristian Paşcalău
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: alterity; newspeak; newdiscourse; ideological pattern; distorted reference.

Summary/Abstract: Alterity and Discursive Metamorphoses of Newspeak. In this paper, we critically and selectively review arguments that are relevant for assessing the case for wooden tongue stability. We identify several main arguments in favor of such a regime. Under specific communicative expectations wooden tongue preserves itself by making words operating like automatic stabilizers. After a negative shock to the public opinion, the ideologists, correctly anticipating a persistent policy response that will reverse the effect on the nude consciousness, adjust their linguistic trade, thereby mitigating the impact of the intruding language. Moreover, focusing on the wooden tongue contributes to circumventing credibility problems that certain speakers may face. Such arguments are of general interest as they highlight the importance of ideological patterns for the conduct of linguistic policy.

  • Issue Year: 54/2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 145-156
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English