The topic of Language and Ideology has increasingly gained importance in the linguistic sciences. The general aim of critical linguistics is the exploration of the mechanisms of power which establish inequality, through the systematic analysis of political discourse (written or oral). This reader contains papers on a variety of topics, all related to each other through explicit discussions on the notion of ideology from an interdisciplinary approach with illustrative analyses of texts from the media, newspapers, schoolbooks, pamphlets, talkshows, speeches concerning language policy in Nazi-Germany, in Italofascism, and also policies prevalent nowadays. Among the interesting subjects studied are the jargon of the student movement of 1968, speeches of politicians, racist and sexist discourse, and the language of the green movement.
Because of the enormous influence of the media nowadays, the explicit analysis of the mechanisms of "manipulation", "suggestion", and "persuasion" inherent in language or about language behaviour and strategies of discourse are of social relevance and of interest to all scholars of social sciences, to readers in all educational institutions, to analysts of political discourse, and to critical readers at large.
1. Notes on contributors; 2. Introduction; 3. Part I. Language and totalitarism; 4. Structures of consensus-making and intervention: The concept of Nazi language policy in occupied Holland ("Deutsche Zeitung in den Niederlanden" 1940 to 1945) (by Sauer, Christoph); 5. Language policy during the fascist period: The case of language education (by Klein, Gabrielle); 6. The political speech of Futurism and its relationship to Italian Fascism (by Schjerve-Rindler, Rosita); 7. War with words (by Brekle, Herbert E.); 8. Part II. Language of politics/or politicians; 9. Some remarks on linguistic strategies of persuasion (by Sornig, Karl); 10. Credibility and political language (by Holly, Werner); 11. 1968: The power of political jargon - a "Club-2" discussion (by Wodak, Ruth); 12. Phonological variation in parliamentary discussions (by Moosmuller, Sylvia); 13. Social prejudice as a resource of power: Towards the functional ambivalence of stereotypes (by Quasthoff, Uta M.); 14. Part III. Institutions, control and discourse in specific settings; 15. Mediating racism: The role of the media in the reproduction of racism (by Dijk, Teun A. van); 16. Manipulationstrategies in newspapers: A program for critical linguistics (by Menz, Florian); 17. The case of W.: A critical journey to the border between psychiatry and justice (by Strouhal, Ernst); 18. Revising the patriarchal paradigm: Language change and feminist language politics (by Hellinger, Marlis)