The Language War

The Language War

by Robin Tolmach Lakoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520232070

ISBN-13: 9780520232075

Pub. Date: 08/17/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Robin Lakoff gets to the heart of one of the most fascinating and pressing issues in American society today: who holds power and how they use it, keep it, or lose it. In a brilliant and vastly entertaining discussion of news events that have occupied an enormous amount of media space--political correctness, the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, Hillary Rodham…  See more details below

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Robin Lakoff gets to the heart of one of the most fascinating and pressing issues in American society today: who holds power and how they use it, keep it, or lose it. In a brilliant and vastly entertaining discussion of news events that have occupied an enormous amount of media space--political correctness, the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, Hillary Rodham Clinton as First Lady, O. J. Simpson's murder trial, the Ebonics controversy, and the Clinton sex scandal--Lakoff shows that the struggle for power and status at the end of the century is being played out as a war over language. Controlling language is a basis for all power, she says, and therefore it is worth fighting for. As a result, newly emergent groups, especially blacks and women, are contending with middle- to upper-class white men for a share in "language rights."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232075
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/17/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction. What I Am Doing Here, and How I Am Doing It1
1Language: The Power We Love to Hate17
2The Neutrality of the Status Quo42
3"Political Correctness" and Hate Speech: The Word as Sword86
4Mad, Bad, and Had: The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Narrative(s)118
5Hillary Rodham Clinton: What the Sphinx Thinks158
6Who Framed "O.J."?194
7Ebonics--It's Chronic227
8The Story of Ugh252
Notes283
References303
Index313

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