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By Głowiński, Michał

Totalitarian Speech brings jointly various texts on totalitarian manipulations of language. the writer analyzes a variety of phenomena, from the hateful rhetoric of Nazi Germany to the obfuscating newspeak of communist Poland, discovering sure universal features. principally, totalitarian speech in its different manifestations imposes an all-embracing worldview and an linked set of dichotomous divisions from an omniscient and authoritative viewpoint. This quantity collects the paintings of over 3 many years, together with essays written throughout the communist period and more moderen items assessing the legacy of totalitarian methods of considering in modern Poland

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We should note here that the thesis-example relation is closer than the behavior explanation to the translation model, since the explanations must, by definition, go beyond the conceptual world imposed by Solomon. We must repeat that these are only exceptions. In the dialogical part of Marcolf’s story, the principle of translation applies. But is he a faithful translator? To what extent does Marcolf include his own experiences and point of view in his paraphrases of the monarch’s lines? ” As the cited passages suggest, this often implies the nether regions of the physical body.

Sometimes even the most rigid societies – the most bound by rigorous regulations – in certain specific situations endorsed behavior that ostentatiously departed from the norm and sometimes even constituted its prearranged violation. Yet it is here that this departure from the norm has been foreseen and sanctioned by the norm itself. 42 The ritual clown – and he alone – is free to break the taboo: Above all, we must consider the fact that even when this violation is practiced in the interests of the group, it can only be perpetrated individually, as a singular and 41 Kołakowski, Leszek, “Kaplan i błazen,” Twórczość 10 (1959), p.

In works where the authors emphasize the orality of the utterance, the narration does not appear to the reader as a fully formed or ready account, but rather comes into being in the presence of the listener. This has certain consequences for their temporal construction. The time of the narration occupies the central position. In the conventions of narrative time, we might call this present time. It is distinguished by a measurability that would be rare in other cases. Indeed, we can almost measure the duration on the clock.

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