ERIC Number: ED232447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Language and Communication: Syntactic Euphemism.
Papers in Linguistics: International Journal of Human Communication, v14 n4 p473-485 1981
The assumption that language is used solely to convey information with the maximum efficiency is refuted with examples of expository prose. Eight brief samples of expository prose are examined in order to demonstrate the use of syntactic euphemism to manipulate communication in complex and subtle ways. Syntactic euphemism involves the use of the rules of English syntax for the construction of bias. It is shown that processes such as topicalization and the creation of surface subjects and objects can function to suppress or distort information. Manipulation of sentence structure in the effort to instill beliefs while appearing to maintain objectivity is an example of language use as a subjective projection on the part of the speaker or writer. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Research, Inc., Edmonton (Alberta).