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ERIC Number: ED260592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 31
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Ellipsis and Ideology.
Brandon, E. P.
A discussion of ellipsis, the omission of information from a communication, argues that the fairly precise logical notion of ellipsis as used in philosophical analysis can be applied in the sociological study of ideology. It is proposed that ellipsis is a simple explanation of the workings of the language in which much potent ideology is embodied, that sensitization to ellipses can help expose ideological confusion, and that through this exposure, rationality can be promoted. The focus of the analysis is semantic ellipsis. Elliptical sentences of this type are grammatical, are often unambiguous and with a known context, and appear ro be perfectly meaningful. However, what is omitted is the main bearer of evaluative weight, so that agreement and commitment can be obtained for the speaker's values and aims, with no necessity for the speaker to specify or defend them. It is suggested that an understanding of how this form of ellipsis works can be an intellectual tool in counteracting ideology in which there is no other room for critical response. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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