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Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory

Palgrave Macmillan

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Languages at War (PASLW)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction

      • Julian Walker, Christophe Declercq
      Pages 1-18
  3. The Historian’s Problems

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
  4. Representing the Present

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 41-41
    2. ‘Fake Belgium’

      • Dominiek Dendooven
      Pages 43-53
    3. Out of the Trenches

      • Marguerite Helmers
      Pages 54-72
  5. Language Use and Change

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-73
    2. Aussie

      • Véronique Duché, Diane Saint de Léger
      Pages 75-93
    3. From Antwerp to Britain and Back Again

      • Christophe Declercq
      Pages 94-107
  6. Literature and Representation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. ‘Excursion into a foreign tongue’

      • Robert Hampson
      Pages 129-139
    3. The Language of Espionage

      • Julie Wheelwright
      Pages 164-177
  7. Commemoration and Memory

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 179-179
    2. The Languages of Remembrance

      • Geert Buelens
      Pages 199-213

About this book

With several terms from the First World War still present in modern speech, Languages and the First World War presents over 30 essays by international academics investigating the linguistic aspects of the 1914-18 conflict.
The first of the two volumes covers language change and documentation during the period of the war, while the second examines the representation and the memory of the war.


Communicating in a Transnational War examines languages at the front, including the subject of interpretation, translation and parallels between languages; communication with the home front; propaganda and language manipulation; and recording language during the war.


Representation and Memory examines historiographical issues; the nature of representing the war in letters and diaries; the documentation of language change; the language of representing the war in reportage and literature; and the language of remembering the war.


Covered in the process are slang, censorship, soldiers' phrasebooks, code-switching, borrowing terms, the problems facing multilingual armies, and gendered language.

Keywords

  • language
  • war
  • conflict
  • First World War
  • World War One
  • Great War
  • Western Front
  • soldiers' language
  • trench slang
  • linguistics
  • code-switching
  • translation
  • sociolinguistics
  • interpreting
  • military
  • German
  • British
  • English
  • French
  • Austro-Hungarian

Reviews

“This book brings together a thought-provoking and fascinating range of essays addressing the much-neglected area of language and the First World War. The essays shed new light on issues surrounding communication, representation, and language change in the context of the First World War. The book highlights the way language can be used as a means to better understand the First World War and its ongoing legacy, and fills a major gap in our understanding of the war. This is a terrific and much-needed work.” (Amanda Laugesen, Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Australian National University, Australia)

“The First World War has long been recognised as possessing exceptional interest as an example of how social and political upheaval can transform linguistic practice. The editors of these two volumes deserve congratulation for assembling an international team of scholars and for publishing a fascinating collection of new and important research. For anyone interested in the subject at any level, Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory will be an essential starting point.” (David Stevenson, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University College London, UK

    Christophe Declercq

About the editors

Julian Walker is a British Library educator, an artist and writer. His books on language include Discovering Words, Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins and Trench Talk.


Christophe Declercq is a lecturer in translation (University College London, UK and University of Antwerp, Belgium) who has been working on Belgian refugees in Britain for well over a decade. On the subject, he has spoken widely at conferences in both Britain and Belgium, has worked with the BBC and VRT (Belgian television) and manages several social media outlets.

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eBook USD 59.99
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  • ISBN: 978-1-137-55036-1
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)