Jezik kao instrument politike
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In the opening sections of the paper the author explains how she understands the syntagms the language of peace and the language of war. The basic thesis which is elaborated throughout the text is that languages, as systems of signs with a primary social communicative function, cannot in themselves be either warmongering or peace-making. War and peace are political goals which the language may to serve. This thesis is tested on examples of several messages most often exploited during the civil war in Yugoslavia. In addition, the author points to the dominant stereotypes in the war propaganda in the media, those referring to Ustashas, Chetniks or Mujaheddins. The road toward the language of peace will be paved when the top decision makers decide to stop the war. For language does not direct plitical processes; it simply turns out to be the most suitable medium for sending, or transferring the political message - the message that those in the position to decide have opted for either war... or peace as the means of solving political conflicts.
Keywords:language / politics / civil war in Yugoslavia / sociolinguistics
Source:Ka jeziku mira (ed. B. Jakšić), 1996, 181-191
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