The Politics of Language, 1791-1819

Clarendon Press, 1984 - 269 pages
The period covered by this book is one of considerable repression and class division in England, and ideas about language justified and maintained these social conditions. Concepts of vulgar and refined language reinforced class distinctions and informed people's attitudes to one another. At moments of political conflict, such as trials for sedition or the discussion of repressive legislation, these concepts were used to justify the denial of political and social rights to the vulgar. However, this period also saw the rise of the radical movement to challenge these ideas in the recognition that they must be reformulated if society were to become more democratic.

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Rights of Man and its Aftermath
The Association the Swinish Multitude
Language and Liberty in John Horne Tookes
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