The International Society for Military Ethics in Europe
Leadership. Ethics. Service.

Author: Matthew Fyjis-Walker
EuroISME Vol6

Year: 2024 (will be out in July)

Abstract: Language is not neutral; it determines, and is determined, by perspective. This work explores the role of an influential vocabulary of war, sanitised language, the language that seeks to clean up the appearance of events through euphemism, abstract words and opaque phrases. Critical discourse analysis of the language of recent military campaigns shows that the public authorities do not explain events as clearly as they might.

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