Ideology in Language Use

Ideology in Language Use : Pragmatic Guidelines for Empirical Research

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The relationship between language and ideology has long been central to research in discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, and has also informed other fields such as sociology and literary criticism. This book, by one of the world's leading pragmatists, introduces a new framework for the study of ideology in written language, using the tools, methods and theories of pragmatics and discourse analysis. Illustrations are drawn systematically from a coherent corpus of excerpts from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history textbooks dealing with episodes of colonial history and in particular the 1857 'Indian Mutiny'. It includes the complete corpus of excerpts, allowing researchers and students to evaluate all illustrations; at the same time, it provides useful practice and training materials. The book is intended as a teaching tool in language-, discourse- and communication-oriented programs, but also for historians and social and political scientists.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • 1139026275
  • 9781139026277

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'... a refreshing contribution to the study of ideology and language by means of a pragmatics-based approach to historical data.' Lorena Hernandez Ramirez, The Linguist List
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About Jef Verschueren

Jef Verschueren is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Antwerp.
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Table of contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Introduction; 1. Language use and ideology; 2. Pragmatic rules of engagement; 3. Pragmatic guidelines and procedures; Conclusion; Appendix 1. Theses, rules, guidelines, procedures, and caveats; Appendix 2. Sample texts; References; Index.
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