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By Jan Blommaert

ISBN-10: 0415191386

ISBN-13: 9780415191388

Immigration, racism and nationalism became hotly debated matters within the Western international. This hugely unique and debatable paintings specializes in the language utilized by the overwhelming majority who regard themselves as being open to a multi-cultural society.Using Belgium as a case learn and drawing parallels with the united kingdom, US, Europe and the previous Yugoslavia, the authors examine this language and show a outstanding consistency among those liberal voices, resembling in news-reporting, and the language utilized by radical racist and nationalist teams.

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This promising ally, newly accessible after its defying Moscow’s leadership in the Communist world, required positive image building. On the other hand, Kissinger’s view of Pham Van Dong was no doubt coloured by America’s 16 THE MANAGEMENT OF DIVERSITY humiliating Vietnamese adventure as well as by the fact that, at the negotiating table, the Vietnamese were hard to handle. It is useful to depict an enemy negatively and a friend positively. Under such circumstances, cultural and historical explanations for differences in observed behaviour are most welcome, especially since reactions to individuals can then be translated into legitimized political attitudes towards the nations they represent.

6 After all, just as it is impossible to say explicitly everything one means, it is impossible to ‘mean’ (not to be confused with ‘intend’) everything that is possibly implied by what one says. The task is less impossible than it might seem, thanks to a significant degree of conventionality involved in the use of ‘carriers’ of implicit meaning, and thanks to the observability of how pieces of potential meaning actually get used or fail to get used. Every pragmatics textbook contains numerous types of examples of conventional presupposition- and implication-carrying constructions such as ‘I regret that…’ or ‘I’m sorry that…’, typically presupposing that what follows is both factual and known to the interlocutors.

The Indian was depicted as a cannibal, an idolater, and someone with highly deviant sexual behaviour. These were exactly the same qualifications as those ascribed to European witches in the period preceding the great voyages of discovery. Witches were said to eat the ashes of burnt children, to worship Satan, and to organize wild feasts marked by adultery, bestiality and homosexuality. Such qualifications were seen to reflect the ultimate evil and inferiority of the Indian or the witch. They thereby served to legitimate the drastic measures taken by the conquerors, just as they had rationalized the stake.

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