The Malapropism and Ideology in Public Language

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Clark, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0002-0313-9484 (2009) The Malapropism and Ideology in Public Language. In: 2009 International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH 2009), 09 October 2009-11 October 2009, NEC, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


This paper examines a particularly revealing form of rhetorical misprision, the malapropism, in the context of contemporary public language. It shows how malapropism reveals an inherently conservative and sceptical ideological disposition in public discourse. To illustrate the argument, it draws on three contemporary examples from sources in the Australian news media.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN 9789810838171
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Keywords public language; Australian news media; rhetorical
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