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The power of language; how discourse influences society.


The power of language; how discourse influences society.

Young, Lynne and Brigid Fitzgerald.

Equinox Publishing Limited


325 pages



Equinox textbooks and surveys in linguistics


In a college textbook, Young (linguistics and applies language studies, Carleton U., Ottawa) and Fitzgerald a language educator focusing on workplace communications, explore how power in society is realized through language, specifically the role of language in producing and maintaining powerful relations. They combine Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis to address such issues as how people get and hold power through language, how to identify the positions underlying ideologies in a newspaper article, whose voices could be but are not heard, and how powerful people control public discourse and the rest resist. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co.

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