‘Peace-keeping mission’ or ‘bloodbath’: euphemisms and dysphemisms in media discourse around the Syrian War in the Polish press Cover Image

‘Misja pokojowa’ czy ‘krwawa jatka’: eufemizmy i dysfemizmy w dyskursie medialnym na przykładzie relacji z wojny w Syrii w polskiej prasie
‘Peace-keeping mission’ or ‘bloodbath’: euphemisms and dysphemisms in media discourse around the Syrian War in the Polish press

Author(s): Małgorzata Waśniewska
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Instytut Germanistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: euphemism; dysphemism; media discourse; dehumanisation; Syrian War

Summary/Abstract: Euphemisms are ubiquitous both in everyday communication and in media discourse. This article discusses the primary and secondary functions of euphemisms in the process of communication, linguistic and extralinguistic motivations of the use of euphemisms and dysphemisms, and the role they play in the construction and negotiation of knowledge and power in discourse. These issues are confronted with the process of the dehumanisation of language from a psychological perspective on the basis of research by Albert Bandura. Finally, euphemising strategies are presented in the context of media discourse surrounding the civil war in Syria based on texts from “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Rzeczpospolita”.

  • Issue Year: 10/2017
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 83-100
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish