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The Purpose of “Newspeak” in George Orwell’s 1984.

“NEWSPEAK”

“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.”- George Orwell

In the recording above, George Orwell explains the purpose of “Newspeak.” While, in terms of time on the internet, the recording may be considered “long, ” go to 19:30 for a summary. Also, below is an excellent summary of the purpose of “Newspeak”from OpenCulture.

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“It’s easy to hear “Newspeak,” the “official language of Oceania,” as “news speak.” This is perfectly reasonable, but it gives us the impression that it relates strictly to its appearance in mass media. Orwell obviously intended the ambiguity—it is the language of official propaganda after all—but the portmanteau actually comes from the words “new speak”—and it has been created to supersede “Oldspeak,” Orwell writes, “or Standard English, as we should call it.”

NEWSPEAK – THE DELIBERATE REPLACEMENT OF WORDS

“In other words, Newspeak isn’t just a set of buzzwords, but the deliberate replacement of one set of words in the language for another. The transition is still in progress in the fictional 1984, but is expected to be completed “by about the year 2050.” Students of history and linguistics will recognize that this is a ludicrously accelerated pace for the complete replacement of one vocabulary and syntax by another. (We might call Orwell’s English Socialists “accelerationsts.”) Newspeak appears not through history or social change but through the will of the Party.”



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