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Political Correctness

Author : Geoffrey Hughes
ISBN : 9781444360295
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Geoffrey Hughes examines the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life. Focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of political correctness, it will intrigue anyone interested in this ongoing debate. A unique and intriguing journey through the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life, focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of what PC means Explores the origins, progress, content and style of political correctness, discussing and analyzing around one hundred terms and lexical formations, from Chaucer and Shakespeare, Marlowe and Swift, to nursery rhymes, rap and Spike Lee films, David Mamet, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Larkin Offers a detailed semantic analysis of the way that key words have been exploited both to advance the agendas of political correctness and to refute them

Thought Prison

Author : Bruce G. Charlton
ISBN : 0956395244
Genre : Political Science
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"Thought Prison" explores the ramifications of political correctness on language, and thus thought; its casual denial of logic and insidious reach into the realms of science and learning; its total saturation of its twin supports, the mass media and ruling elites. Once the collectively self-imposed blinkers, of good causes and good intentions, are stripped away we can see the nanny state and moral universe beyond for what it is a catastrophic delusion that is destroying the world we know.Most of us think of political correctness in terms of its scope for irony. It provides opportunity to protect us from a vaguely troubling acceptance of an enforced orthodoxy. We are familiar with the no-go areas defined by PC taboos race, sex (or to be PC, gender), ethnicity, sexual preference, disability, class and indeed of it being an engineered term to suit political and scientific argument. What we may be less able to accept is that PC is something in which we are all complicit."Thought Prison" examines the way we are now, and how the Western world has come to be that way. It reveals an Orwellian dystopia that instead of being characterized by a crude authoritarian elite, is supported and driven by an irrational yet equally totalitarian and all-pervasive status quo of our own making, dominating politics, economics, public administration, law, education, the military, health services our very selves."

Political Correctness And The Destruction Of Social Order

Author : Howard S. Schwartz
ISBN : 9783319398051
Genre : Psychology
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This book develops a psychoanalytic theory of political correctness and the pristine self, which is defined as a self touched by nothing but love. It explores the damage that political correctness can do to social order. Applications include the breakdown of social capital, the financial crisis, and Occupy Wall Street. Long an issue for conservatives, alarm over political correctness has now spread to the liberal side of the political spectrum. As Schwartz argues, all have reason to be concerned. The psychology that underlies political correctness has the potential to be extremely destructive to social organization on every level. Schwartz discusses the primitive roots of political correctness and, through the use of case studies, shows its capacity for ruination. The book focuses on a transformation in the idea of the self, and specifically the rise of the pristine self. The problem is that, in truth, the world does not love us. This puts the pristine self at war with objective reality.

Syntactic Structures

Author : Noam Chomsky
ISBN : 9783110218329
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Language Of The Gods In The World Of Men

Author : Sheldon Pollock
ISBN : 9780520260030
Genre : History
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"The scholarship exhibited here is not only superior; it is in many ways staggering. The author's control of an astonishing range of primary and secondary texts from many languages, eras, and disciplines is awe-inspiring. This is a learned, original, and important work."—Robert Goldman, Sanskrit and India Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The History Of English Spelling

Author : Christopher Upward
ISBN : 9781444342970
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. Includes a wealth of information and data on English spelling not available anywhere else Features a complementary website with additional material at www.historyofenglishspelling.info Includes detailed coverage of the contributions from French, Latin, Greek - and the many other languages - to our current orthography Serves as a companion volume to Geoffrey Hughes's A History of English Words in the same series

The War Of The Words

Author : Sarah Dunant
ISBN : 1853818348
Genre : Acceptability (Linguistics)
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A History Of English Words

Author : Geoffrey Hughes
ISBN : 063118855X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book traces the remarkable reconfigurations that English lexis has undergone in the past millennium. The vocabulary is studied as an indicator of social change, a symbol reflecting different social dynamics between speech communities, on models of dominance, cohabitation, colonialism and globalisation. Comprehensive guide to the evolution of the English vocabulary. Well known passages from literature are used to illustrate the variety of English words. Accessible discussion of Latin, Greek, Germanic and Norman-French languages. Contains original research into the make-up of the current lexical core of English.

Political Correctness

Author : Marilyn Friedman
ISBN : 0847679861
Genre : Social Science
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Two prominent philosophers here engage in a forthright debate over some of the centrally disputed topics in the political correctness controversy now taking place on college campuses across the nation, including feminism, campus speech codes, the western canon, and the nature of truth. Friedman and Narveson conclude the volume with direct replies to each other's positions.


Author : Geoffrey Hughes
ISBN : 9780141954325
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Tracing the history of swearing from ancient Anglo-Saxon traditions and those of the Middle Ages, through Shakespeare, the Enlightenment and the Victorians, to the Lady Chatterley trial and various current trends, Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating, little discussed yet irrespressible part of our linguistic heritage. This second edition contains a Postscript updating various contemporary developments, such as the growth of Political Correctness.

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