“Wooden language” as a mirror of revolution

“Wooden language” as a mirror of revolution

Schulz V.L.

Dr, Sci. (Philos.), Correspondent Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Depatment Head, M. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia cona01@yandex.ru

Liubimova Т.М.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Cand. Sci. (Philol.), Moscow, Russia t.ljubimova@yandex.ru

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Schulz V.L., Liubimova Т.М. “Wooden language” as a mirror of revolution. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 1. P. 136-145


Phenomenon of dogmatized and stereotypic speech is discussed metaphorically referred to as “wooden language”. Its national modifications, characteristics (stereotypes, secondary & quasi-scientific nature, wide use of euphemisms, demagoguery) are specified. A dictionary of the language is offered, and its potential manipulative capabilities are mentioned. Brief review of 20th century linguistic and philosophical theories (Sapir, Whorf, Foucault, Chomsky, Losev, Pierce, Bart, Eco) permits authors to accentuate societal status of language as an active source creating and anticipating realities. A hypothesis is formulated related to relationship between discourse practices built upon stereotypes of “wooden language” in a given society up to protest or revolutionary events.

wooden language; politically correct language; euphemism; stereotype; ABC of propaganda; language demagoguery; discourse practices; deconstructivism
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