Language and Power in China

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The existence of a specific form of political discourse and its associated actionsand rituals in the People’s Republic of China has been long noted. This chapterreviews the literature on the existence of these key words and expressions andthe context in which they were produced, particularly as they relate to power. Itthen looks at the ways in which elite political leaders in the Communist Partyfrom 2012 have created within the specific power discourse of contemporaryChina a language which, while evidently profoundly affected and challengedby that from diverse media which now exists, continues to assert its privilegedposition within social language forms.


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