Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary by Otto Santa Ana

By Otto Santa Ana

''This is a hugely major contribution to scholarship in different fields--e. g. sociology, sociolinguistics, cultural experiences, political experiences, ethnic experiences. . . . the mix of lucid and rational idea, wealthy information set, and punctiliously reasoned research ends up in an strangely strong book.'' --Ronald Schmidt Sr., writer of Language coverage and id Politics within the usa ''. . . awash lower than a brown tide . . . the relentless circulate of immigrants . . . like waves on a seashore, those human flows are remaking the face of the USA . . .'' considering that 1993, metaphorical language corresponding to this has permeated mainstream media reporting at the usa' growing to be Latino inhabitants. during this groundbreaking booklet, Otto Santa Ana argues that faraway from being mere figures of speech, such metaphors produce and maintain detrimental public perceptions of the Latino neighborhood and its position in American society, precluding the view that Latinos are vested with an identical rights and privileges as different electorate. employing the insights of cognitive metaphor conception to an intensive average language facts set drawn from enormous quantities of articles within the l. a. instances and different media, Santa Ana finds how metaphorical language portrays Latinos as invaders, outsiders, burdens, parasites, illnesses, animals, and weeds. He convincingly demonstrates that 3 anti-Latino referenda handed in California due to such imagery, relatively the notorious anti-immigrant degree, Proposition 187. Santa Ana illustrates how Proposition 209 organizers broadcast compelling new metaphors approximately racism to cajole an voters that had formerly supported affirmative motion to prohibit it. He additionally exhibits how Proposition 227 supporters used antiquated metaphors for studying, college, and language guilty Latino kid's speech--rather than gross structural inequity--for their faculties' failure to teach them. Santa Ana concludes by way of calling for the construction of rebel metaphors to contest oppressive U.S. public discourse approximately minority groups.

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In fact, historicist Michel Foucault refers to linguistic and nonlinguistic practice as discursive formations. 11 Fairclough, the critical discourse analyst, focuses on the material content of discourse. In Fairclough’s formulation, discourses are types of social practices within social orders that are expressed by individuals. People, as subjects, function How Metaphor Shapes Public Opinion /  within a subject ‘‘space,’’ or position, that is defined within the encompassing social order in terms of particular discourses/practices.

In the course of the s, the California electorate was called on to vote on three important referenda, Propositions , , and . Each was designed to impose fundamental restrictions on  percent of the state’s population, its Latino community. Latino voters rejected each measure. Nevertheless the measures were ratified by the more numerous white electorate. Analyses of the predominant metaphors surrounding these referenda make up Part II of the book. This begins with Chapter , which covers the public discourse and debate surrounding Proposition , the anti-immigration referendum.

In the cognitive account, in contrast, each new meaning is explained as a new variant generated on the basis of a productive ontological correspondence, that is, a metaphor. Sweetser’s analysis of the development across time of change in the meanings of English modals, conjunctions, conditionals, and perception verbs incorporates metaphoric and cultural aspects of cognitive structure in order to explain the changes in meaning of some words, and the multiple meanings of these and related words. ’’ Using established comparative linguistic methods, Sweetser found evidence of an ancient metaphor,     , which captures a pattern across these languages.

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