War and Its Ideologies

A Social-Semiotic Theory and Description

  • Annabelle Lukin

Part of the The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series book series (TMAKHLFLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Annabelle Lukin
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  3. Annabelle Lukin
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-283

About this book


Ideology is so powerful it makes us believe that war is rational, despite both its brutal means and its devastating ends. The power of ideology comes from its intimate relation to language: ideology recruits all semiotic modalities, but language is its engine-room. Drawing on Halliday’s linguistic theory – in particular, his account of the “semiotic big-bang” - this book explains the latent semiotic machinery of language on which ideology depends. The book illustrates the ideological power of language through a study of perhaps the most significant and consequential of our ideologies: those that enable us to legitimate, celebrate, even venerate war, at the same time that we abhor, denounce and proscribe violence. To do so, it makes use of large multi-register corpora (including the British National Corpus), and the reporting of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by Australian, US, European, and Asian news sources. Combining detailed text analysis with corpus linguistic methods, it provides an empirical analysis showing the astonishing reach of our ideologies of war and their profoundly covert and coercive power.


Critical Linguistics Halliday and Ideology Hasan and Ideology Ideology Ideology and War Language and Ideology Language in Social Life Power of Ideology Power of Language Systemic Functional Linguistics and Ideology Systemic functional paradigm Systemic Functional Paradigm

Authors and affiliations

  • Annabelle Lukin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0994-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0996-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9869
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9877
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