Words and the First World War: Language, Memory, Vocabulary

Language, Memory, Vocabulary
Bloomsbury Academic (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 28. Dezember 2017
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 416 Seiten
978-1-350-00192-3 (ISBN)
"The experiences could be understood only as being of such extremity that they stood beyond written words; it was not a failure of language, but a view that, for the individual, language, particularly written words, and the enormity of the experience were not matched"

WWI expert Julian Walker looks at how the First World War affected the English language and its relationship with other languages during the conflict. The book looks meticulously at a huge range of material in terms of mediation and authenticity, including trench journals, letters, advertising and newspapers. From newspaper headlines to initimate communication, the raw detail of the conflict is spelled in the language of those fighting in it. In doing this the book explores the limitations and potentials of different kinds of verbal communication. It examines:

- the expectations of language change and the many incentives for communication
- language as used at the Front, and the linguistic experience of soldiering
- the Home Front, including how the 'language of the war' was commercially exploited
- the relationship between language as used in the combat zones and at the Home Fronts
- The idea of the 'indescribability' of the war, the codes and avoidances used instead to convey the experience

Walker also considers questions of ownership and the escalation of language's role as a visible marker of class. These 'languages of the front' became souvenirs after the war: abandoned by soldiers but taken up by academics, memoir writers and commentators, and still leaving a raw, emotional and indelible mark on the words we use even today.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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50 bw images
  • Höhe: 216 mm
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  • Breite: 136 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 520 gr
978-1-350-00192-3 (9781350001923)
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Julian Walker is a writer, researcher, artist and educator. He is the co-author of Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War (2016), the author of The Roar of the Crowd (2016) and Trench Talk (2012) among many others. His website is www.julianwalker.net
Part I: Language, Dialect and the Need to Communicate
1. Slang, dialect and status
2. The need to communicate
3. Understanding 'the other'
Part II: Language at the Front
4. Our language
5. Etymologies
6. How lingua franca developed
7. Glossaries
8. Language as weapon and trophy
9. Control, and self-control
10. Avoidance
11. Wordplay
12. The sound of war
13. Language in combat
14. The destruction of the body
15. Failure
16. Unacceptable weapons
Part III: 'Us' and 'Them'
17. Race
18. Naming the enemy
19. How others spoke
20. Naming 'our' side
21. The female
Part IV: The Home Front
22. Commerce and war language
23. DORA and the control of words
24. Outrage
25. Women and children
Part V: Owning the Language
26. Class war
27. 'Not us'
28. Our language
Part VI: Letting Go
29. Losing the language of war
30. The language of commemoration
31. Silence
32. Post-war war talk
33. War porn
34. Then and now
Edifying and readable ... [An] indispensable reference [tool] for anyone researching twentieth-century history and literature, not only the documents of war. * Michigan War Studies Review * This is a substantial book, dense but always accessible, covering both time and space. Gratifyingly, it sidesteps an all too common error that entraps books on words, of becoming no more than a padded dictionary. * The Daily Telegraph * An illustrated analytical study, [Words and the First World War] considers the situation at home, at war, and under categories such as race, gender and class to give a many-sided picture of language used during the conflict. * The Spectator * The most striking aspect of this work is its extraordinary scope of research and consequent breadth of material ... [This is] an invaluable resource for researchers in all aspects of the First World War, as well as for any reader interested in the relationship between the experience of war and the language which informs it and which it creates ... A comprehensive, important and useful contribution to scholarly work. * The English Historical Review * Julian Walker's Words and the First World War provides a rich account of the linguistic world that emerged from the western front during the First World War. The book convincingly demonstrates that for British and Dominion troops, language functioned as a mechanism for coping with the traumatic experiences of war, a means of dealing with separation from home, and a way of mastering and knowing new, unfamiliar environments ... Words and the First World War provides a highly detailed discussion of its topic, based on extensive research of soldiers' diaries, letters, postcards, published memoirs, and trench newspapers, as well as newspapers and other materials produced on the home front. It constitutes one of the most authoritative discussions of trench talk and wartime slang, and forms part of a longer tradition of lexicography ... A comprehensive, colorful, and highly engaging exploration of how the First World War transformed the English language. * H-Net Reviews * Words and the First World War is the first comprehensive scholarly examination of how the First World War shaped the English language. Drawing from an impressive range of sources, Julian Walker studies how the language of the front lines became adopted, adapted, and popularised in everything from private letters to newspapers to advertising. This book is destined to be the definitive study of trench talk, propaganda, and words that endured long after the Armistice. -- Marguerite Helmers, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA Julian Walker's Words and the First World War is a fine study of the myriad ways soldiers used language as a tool of play and survival. At once moving and amusing, his book should be required reading for that broad section of the public still fascinated by the catastrophe we call the Great War. -- Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, USA Walker's wide-ranging and engaging study of the 'linguistic phenomena' that marked the First World War and shaped its cultural memory makes an important contribution to our understanding of 1914-1918. Through media ranging from letters and postcards to advertisements and books Walker highlights an astonishing range of soldier slang, multilingual exchange, censorship of the written and spoken word (and the ways it was circumvented), home front and family colloquialisms, and the language of sacrifice and remembrance, all accompanied by striking illustrations. Words and the First World War masterfully highlights 'the huge and diverse culture of verbal and written communication' that marked the war years and its aftermath-a culture of words that continues to have resonance one hundred years on. -- Dr Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University, UK

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