Language Control Patrol

Friday, March 03, 2006


If you control the language, do you control the debate? Choosing "freedom fighter" over "terrorist" or "insurgency" over "civil war" has the power to sway a political debate in either direction. But why? Bob speaks with Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at Stanford University and author of Going Nucular, about the role language plays in any political discussion.

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