English As Lingua Franca: Double Talk in Global Persuasion

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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 ...

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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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For general readers and her communications analyst colleagues, Dovring demonstrates how the ambiguities and double entendres of political English, Bodysnatched English she calls it, are manipulated to confuse and deceive both native speakers and others forced to use English as an international medium. Understanding such activity, she says, is particularly important for people who get their information from television and the internet. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958787
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1997
  • Pages: 168
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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KARIN DOVRING is a communications analyst.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Bodysnatched English or the Rape of a Language 1
2 A New Babel's Tower 15
3 Lost in the Labyrinth 31
4 At Home or Abroad or in No Man's Land 49
5 Listeners Beware: Infiltrators at Work 63
6 Echo of Double Talk 81
7 Lunch and Dinner at the Kremlin 91
8 Epilogue or Prologue? 115
App I Shadows on the Political Screen: Undercurrents in Presidential Speeches from FDR to Bill Clinton 117
App.II Tracing Undercurrents in English as Lingua Franca: From Ronald Reagan to Moammar Qadhafi 127
References 143
Index 149
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