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Totalitarian Political Discourse?

Tolerance and Intolerance in Eastern and East Central European Countries- Diachronic and Synchronoc Aspects- In collaboration with Karsten Senkbeil


Edited By Beatrix Kreß

This volume contributes to the study of political and especially totalitarian language in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, by bringing together not only diachronic and synchronic aspects, but also by including different media types, such as newspapers, the internet, and different discourse types, e.g. environmental and gender discourses. The combination of historical and contemporary perspectives in many contributions add comparative dimensions, while also shedding light on relevant socio-political developments and phenomena in those post-communist countries, thus uniting linguistic methods with cultural studies.


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140 Beatrix Kreß can observe efforts to present oneself as modern, keeping up with changing times, especially in using modern media, and as young and casual. Quite often we find the accentuation of Russia as a modern democracy that wants to educate its young citizens as politically mature and democratic, but in the end a rather authoritarian attitude shows through. If I had to answer my initial question I would therefore be inclined to say “yes, there is”, though I would prefer to term it authoritarian rather than totalitarian language. References Bühler, Karl, 1978: Sprachtheorie. Die Darstellungsfunktion der Sprache, Ullstein, Frankfurt/ Berlin/Vienna. Girnth, Heiko, 2002: Sprache und Sprachverwendungen in der Politik: eine Einführung in die linguistische Analyse öffentlich-politischer Kommunikation. Tübingen. Jakobson, Roman, 1960: Linguistics and Poetics. In: T. Sebeok (ed.), Style in Language (350– 377). Cambridge. Rathmayr, Renate, 1995: Neue Elemente im russischen politischen Diskurs seit Gorbatschow. In: R. Wodak (ed.), Totalitäre Sprache – Langue de bois – Language of Dictatorship (195–214). Vienna. Spiegel Carmen, 1997: Selbst- und Fremdstilisierung in umweltpolitischen Auseinanderset- zungen. In: M. Selting; B. Sandig (eds.), Sprech- und Gesprächsstile (286–317), Ber- lin/New York. Thom, Francoise, 1987: La langue de bois. Paris. Weiss, Daniel, 1986: Was ist neu am Newspeak? Reflexionen zur Sprache der Politik in der Sowjetunion’. In: R. Rathmayr (ed.) Slavistische Linguistik 1985 (247–325). Munich. Weiss, Daniel, 2003: Stalinistischer und nationalsozialistischer Propagandadiskurs im Ver- gleich: eine erste Annäherung. In: H. Kuße (ed.), Slavistische Linguistik 2001. Referate des XXVII....

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