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ERIC Number: EJ1081477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1916-4742
Study on the Features of English Political Euphemism and Its Social Functions
Zhao, Xiaonan; Dong, Jingping
English Language Teaching, v3 n1 p118-121 Mar 2010
Political euphemism is a tool for political leaders to control information transmission. Based on some examples, this paper begins with a summary of three features which distinguish political euphemism from others. Then, it discusses its two social functions based on Austin's Speech Act Theory: 1) as political leaders' tool, political euphemism plays the role of hiding the truth and legalizing wrong behaviors; 2) it influences people's sense of right and wrong as well as their understanding of the objective world, hence succeeding in persuading them. Such a linguistic phenomenon provides another proof that language is not only a reflection of the objective world but a process of social construction.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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