Spanish in a Multi-Ethnic Space: Language as an Instrument of Politics and As Its Object

Posted: 8 Jan 2020

Date Written: October 21, 2019

Abstract

The interaction of language and politics should be considered from the point of view of two perspectives, when language acts as an instrument of politics and when language is its object. In other words, the language is often used as an instrument for conducting political activities in order to achieve certain political objectives and influence society. And on the other hand, the language itself is part of the communicative space, and a certain policy is being directed towards it, aimed at its development.

In a language there are always many ways to say the same thing. However, the choice of a particular linguistic unit, syntactic structure or figure of speech is not random, it is always motivated by the intentions and goals of the speaker. There are many examples of the fact that a word in political discourse can acquire real explosive power and serve as a weighty basis for inciting conflicts.

Keywords: Spanish language, politics, political discourse, multi-ethnic space

Suggested Citation

Larionova/Ларионова, Marina/Марина and Tsareva/Царёва, Natalia/Наталья, Spanish in a Multi-Ethnic Space: Language as an Instrument of Politics and As Its Object (October 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505316

MGIMO University ( email )

Natalia/Наталья Tsareva/Царёва

МГИМО МИД России ( email )

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