The intrinsic link between language and politics has long been
recognized (for example, Aristotle wrote that man is more of a
political animal than bees or any other gregarious animals is
evident. Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain, and man is
the only animal whom she has endowed with the gift of speech
(Politics, 1, 2)). It remains a broad, flourishing, and highly
contested area of academic study. On the one hand, it analyses how
politicians use language, applying approaches which range from
traditional rhetoric to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). On the
other hand, it is also concerned with the political dimension that
is arguably inherent in the use of all language.
Language and Politics, a new title the Routledge series, Major
Themes in English Studies, addresses the need for an authoritative
reference work to make sense of this rapidly growing and ever more
complex corpus of scholarly literature. Edited by John E. Joseph, a
prominent scholar in the field, and author of the subject s leading
textbook, this new Major Work from Routledge brings together in
four volumes the foundational and the very best cutting-edge
scholarship to provide a synoptic view of many of the key issues
and current debates.
Volumes I and II collect the best and most influential work on
the language of politics. These two volumes include the key work
analysing political texts or arguing that political language is
inherently propagandistic. Especially in recent years, the
fundamentally political nature of language has been reasserted and
Volumes III and IV gather the essential scholarship examining how
language itself is politically constructed or used.
Language and Politics is fully indexed and has a comprehensive
introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the
collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It
is an essential work of reference and is destined to be valued by
scholars and students as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic
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