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Verbal hygiene: Mind your language!

Mohamad Jamil, Siti Nurnadilla (2021) Verbal hygiene: Mind your language! In: Seminar on Cleanliness: The Epitome of our Faith, Online. (Unpublished)

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This presentation discusses my chapter in the edited book “Cleanliness: The Epitome of Our Faith” (forthcoming). It focuses on the significance of the linguistic concept of ‘verbal hygiene’ first used by Deborah Cameron (2012 [1995]) in our contemporary everyday discourses, in light of the Quran and Hadith. Here, I clarify that the concept of ‘verbal hygiene’ should not be used interchangeably with what my fellow linguists know as ‘linguistic prescriptivism’ – because of the unavoidable negative connotation that the latter entails. Being verbally/linguistically is more about any deliberate attempts to change the way language is used. This way, it ensures accountability and represents a kind of linguistic authority and control as it exerts more agency towards us as language users.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 8906/93234
Uncontrolled Keywords: verbal hygiene, the power of language, linguistic responsibility, agency, identity.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr Siti Nurnadilla Mohamad Jamil
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 08:55
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 08:55
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/93234

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