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Palgrave Studies in Languages at War

Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory

Editors: Declercq, Christophe, Walker, Julian (Eds.)

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With several terms from the First World War still present in modern speech, Languages and the First World War presents over 30 essays by international academics investigating the linguistic aspects of the 1914-18 conflict.
The first of the two volumes covers language change and documentation during the period of the war, while the second examines the representation and the memory of the war.


Communicating in a Transnational War examines languages at the front, including the subject of interpretation, translation and parallels between languages; communication with the home front; propaganda and language manipulation; and recording language during the war.


Representation and Memory examines historiographical issues; the nature of representing the war in letters and diaries; the documentation of language change; the language of representing the war in reportage and literature; and the language of remembering the war.


Covered in the process are slang, censorship, soldiers' phrasebooks, code-switching, borrowing terms, the problems facing multilingual armies, and gendered language.

About the authors

Julian Walker is a British Library educator, an artist and writer. His books on language include Discovering Words, Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins and Trench Talk.


Christophe Declercq is a lecturer in translation (University College London, UK and University of Antwerp, Belgium) who has been working on Belgian refugees in Britain for well over a decade. On the subject, he has spoken widely at conferences in both Britain and Belgium, has worked with the BBC and VRT (Belgian television) and manages several social media outlets.

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“This book brings together a thought-provoking and fascinating range of essays addressing the much-neglected area of language and the First World War. The essays shed new light on issues surrounding communication, representation, and language change in the context of the First World War. The book highlights the way language can be used as a means to better understand the First World War and its ongoing legacy, and fills a major gap in our understanding of the war. This is a terrific and much-needed work.” (Amanda Laugesen, Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Australian National University, Australia)

“The First World War has long been recognised as possessing exceptional interest as an example of how social and political upheaval can transform linguistic practice. The editors of these two volumes deserve congratulation for assembling an international team of scholars and for publishing a fascinating collection of new and important research. For anyone interested in the subject at any level, Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory will be an essential starting point.” (David Stevenson, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory
Editors
  • Christophe Declercq
  • Julian Walker
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Languages at War
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55036-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137550361
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55035-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-71547-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 256
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