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The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series

War and Its Ideologies

A Social-Semiotic Theory and Description

Authors: Lukin, Annabelle

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  • First fully Hallidayan account of the relations of language and ideology
  • Unique in its combination of theory and empirical demonstration of a specific ideology
  • Synthesises a sociological account of war with a social-semiotic theory of ideology
  • Combines corpus linguistic methods with detailed text analysis
  • Draws on both multi-register and register-specific corpora
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Ideology is so powerful it makes us believe that war is rational, despite both its brutal means and its devastating ends. The power of ideology comes from its intimate relation to language: ideology recruits all semiotic modalities, but language is its engine-room. Drawing on Halliday’s linguistic theory – in particular, his account of the “semiotic big-bang” - this book explains the latent semiotic machinery of language on which ideology depends. The book illustrates the ideological power of language through a study of perhaps the most significant and consequential of our ideologies: those that enable us to legitimate, celebrate, even venerate war, at the same time that we abhor, denounce and proscribe violence. To do so, it makes use of large multi-register corpora (including the British National Corpus), and the reporting of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by Australian, US, European, and Asian news sources. Combining detailed text analysis with corpus linguistic methods, it provides an empirical analysis showing the astonishing reach of our ideologies of war and their profoundly covert and coercive power.

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​Annabelle Lukin is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Macquarie University. She teaches grammar and meaning, as well as general linguistic theory. She has lectured in China and Latin America, and is a regular commentator on language matters in the Australian media.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
War and Its Ideologies
Book Subtitle
A Social-Semiotic Theory and Description
Authors
Series Title
The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0996-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0996-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0994-6
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4546-3
Series ISSN
2198-9869
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 283
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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