Words and the First World War: Language, Memory, Vocabulary

Words and the First World War: Language, Memory, Vocabulary

By: Julian Walker (author)Paperback

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"An illustrated analytical study, Words and the First World War considers the situation at home, at war, and under categories such as race, gender and class to give a many-sided picture of language used during the conflict." The Spectator First World War expert Julian Walker looks at how the conflict shaped English and its relationship with other languages. He considers language in relation to mediation and authenticity, as well as the limitations and potential of different kinds of verbal communication. Walker also examines: - How language changed, and why changed language was used in communications - Language used at the Front and how the 'language of the war' was commercially exploited on the Home Front - The relationship between language, soldiers and class - The idea of the `indescribability' of the war and the linguistic codes used to convey the experience 'Languages of the front' became linguistic souvenirs of the war, abandoned by soldiers but taken up by academics, memoir writers and commentators, leaving an indelible mark on the words we use even today.

About Author

Julian Walker is a writer, researcher, artist and educator. He is the co-author of Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War (2016), the author of The Roar of the Crowd (2016) and Trench Talk (2012) among many others. His website is www.julianwalker.net


Part I: Language, Dialect and the Need to Communicate 1. Slang, dialect and status 2. The need to communicate 3. Understanding 'the other' Part II: Language at the Front 4. Our language 5. Etymologies 6. How lingua franca developed 7. Glossaries 8. Language as weapon and trophy 9. Control, and self-control 10. Avoidance 11. Wordplay 12. The sound of war 13. Language in combat 14. The destruction of the body 15. Failure 16. Unacceptable weapons Part III: 'Us' and 'Them' 17. Race 18. Naming the enemy 19. How others spoke 20. Naming 'our' side 21. The female Part IV: The Home Front 22. Commerce and war language 23. DORA and the control of words 24. Outrage 25. Women and children Part V: Owning the Language 26. Class war 27. 'Not us' 28. Our language Part VI: Letting Go 29. Losing the language of war 30. The language of commemoration 31. Silence 32. Post-war war talk 33. War porn 34. Then and now Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781350001923
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781350001923
  • weight: 519
  • ISBN10: 1350001929

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