War of Words: Language, Politics and 9/11 / Edition 1

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At first there were no words to describe September 11, only a national hush that expressed the sudden absence of so many lives. Then the floodgates opened: eyewitness accounts, expert analyses, bitter denunciations, tributes to the fallen heroes, patriotic exhortations, eulogies, spin. Tracing the subtle linguistic battles fought since then, War of Words explores how 9/11 was remanufactured on screen and in print - and the American national identity was remade in the process.
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"...a compelling analysis of the way language was used in the political construction of the horrifying historical events of September 11th. Silberstein's analysis gives us a fresh look at the juggernaut of world politics as it is constructed in the linguistic actions of the media, of world leaders, and of the ordinary people who experience world events." - Ron Scollon, Georgetown University

"The brief study, War of Words, by Sandra Silberstein, an 'applied linguist,' offers shrewd analysis of the language used after September 11. She shrewdly analyzes how the comments by Peter Jennings while broadcasting the service on September 14 at the National Cathedral helped define the event as one of the 'great national occasions." - Columbia Journalism Review

"This isn't exactly foreign policy, but close enough. Sandra Silberstein...examines how language has been torqued since the terrorist attacks. The president, formerly the butt of jokes, becomes the commander-in-chief, to give just one example. She concludes that the national tragedy has been manipulated into a consumer opportunity—a charge from which the proliferation of 9/11 books is not exempt." - Vancouver Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415290470
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Silberstein is a leading name in applied linguistics, and Professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is widely published, and has written articles on a number of politically sensitive topics, including the OJ Simpson trial, the Gulf War, AIDS and the Inauguration of George Bush.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 From Terror to War: The War on Terrorism 1
2 Becoming President 39
3 From News to Entertainment: Eyewitness Accounts 61
4 New York Becomes America(n) 91
5 Selling America 107
6 "The New McCarthyism" 127
7 Schooling America: Lessons on Islam and Geography 149
References 161
Index 167
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