English as Lingua Franca: Double Talk in Global Persuasion

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 153 pages

As an international language, English has facilitated the sharing of information. But when it comes to communication, specifically political communication, Dovring argues that the type of English that is used leads to misunderstandings, political double entendre, and the subtle manipulation of public opinion. President Kennedy was one of the first to face this problem when he negotiated with Khrushchev in the 1960s. He encountered an English where familiar words were used with new or dubious meanings in order to point toward certain political goals. This Bodysnatched English is the subject of Dovring's study. A communications analyst, Dovring examines the use, influence, and political environment where Bodysnatched English has appeared. She points out the often neglected fact that communication is an art, performed to perfection by politicians acting on the public stage. She analyzes recent political communications, including the words of Reagan, Clinton, Gorbachev, Khrushchev, and Qadafi.

 

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Contents

Bodysnatched English or the Rape of a Language
1
A New Babels Tower
15
Lost in the Labyrinth
31
At Home or Abroad or in No Mans Land
49
Listeners Beware Infiltrators at Work
63
Echo of Double Talk
81
Lunch and Dinner at the Kremlin
91
Epilogue or Prologue?
115
Shadows on the Political Screen Undercurrents in Presidential Speeches from FDR to Bill Clinton
117
Tracing Undercurrents in English as Lingua Franca From Ronald Reagan to Moammar Qadhafi
127
References
143
Index
147
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KARIN DOVRING is a communications analyst. Born and raised in Sweden, she worked as a journalist in Europe and was for many years an associate of Harold Lasswell of Yale Law School. She has published several books, including Road of Propaganda. She is also a poet with three published collections and was recently elected into the International Poetry Hall of Fame by the National Library of Poetry.

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