English as Lingua Franca: Double Talk in Global Persuasion by Karin Dovring

By Karin Dovring

As a global language, English has facilitated the sharing of knowledge. but if it involves conversation, in particular political communique, Dovring argues that the kind of English that's used results in misunderstandings, political double entendre, and the delicate manipulation of public opinion. President Kennedy was once one of many first to stand this challenge whilst he negotiated with Khrushchev within the Sixties. He encountered an English the place generic phrases have been used with new or doubtful meanings to be able to aspect towards definite political ambitions. This Bodysnatched English is the topic of Dovring's research. A communications analyst, Dovring examines the use, impression, and political surroundings the place Bodysnatched English has seemed. She issues out the customarily overlooked indisputable fact that verbal exchange is an artwork, played to perfection via politicians performing on the general public degree. She analyzes contemporary political communications, together with the phrases of Reagan, Clinton, Gorbachev, Khrushchev, and Qadafi.

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