ERIC Number: ED337802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Doublespeak: A Brief History, Definition, and Bibliography, with a List of Award Winners, 1974-1990. NCTE Concept Paper Series. Concept Paper No. 2.
Gibson, Walker; Lutz, William
Defining doublespeak as language which pretends to communicate but really does not, this concept paper contains two essays, the first an introduction to doublespeak by Walker Gibson, which offers information on the formation and activities of the 36-member Committee on Public Doublespeak, and considers the history and nature of doublespeak. The second essay, "Notes toward a Definition of Doublespeak (Revised)," by William Lutz, outlines four kinds of doublespeak (euphemism, jargon, bureaucratese, and inflated language), and provides examples. The paper also includes a 28-item selected bibliography, a list of Doublespeak Award winners from 1974 to 1990 explaining reasons for the award and giving examples, and a list of the George Orwell winners from 1975 to 1990. (RS)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Language Role, Language Usage, Lying, Persuasive Discourse
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.