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After NewspeakLanguage Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin$
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Michael S. Gorham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452628

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452628.001.0001

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(p.192) Conclusion
After Newspeak

Michael S. Gorham

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that linguistic innovation tends to accelerate during less stable periods of history, and the degree of success of any term, speech style, or discourse depends on the degree to which it resonates with the general population, which in turn depends on its ability to tap into underlying ideologies, economies, and technologies of language. Moreover, how language is conceived—as identity marker or instrument—depends largely on the institutional context. Political rhetoric tends to treat language as a weapon, either for establishing and maintaining the “norms” of political behavior, as in Soviet Russian political culture, or for contesting that authority through the deployment of alternative discourses.

Keywords:   linguistic innovation, language ideologies, language economies, language technologies, political rhetoric, political behavior, Soviet Russian political culture

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