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Language Use and Political Correctness for Peaceful Coexistence: Implications for Sustainable Development

By Jessica Atong Pinta and Joy Daisy Yakubu


All of language is a combination of sounds and words that translate into concretizing abstract meaning. This is interpreted and results into action which can be violent or non violent. Proper language use can serve as a non violent way of resolving differences. Problems arise when the linguistic constructs we use result into people thinking and acting in negative ways. This paper examines the concept of political correctness and how language should be used in order not to hurt, insult, reject, stereotype or show prejudice. It highlights political correctness in human relationships as it affects gender, race, sexual orientation, physical challenges, religion and culture. It acknowledges the importance of social interaction using language and points out the need to change wrong use of language through conscious effort. The paper draws from the position that language’s grammatical categories shape speaker’s ideas and actions. In discussing the concept of political correctness, the effect of political incorrect use of language is shown in some historical occurrences in Northern Nigeria. Recommendations given include the teaching items on the school curriculum in line with political correctness. DOI: 10.5901/jesr.2014.v4n5p7

Publisher: 'Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research'
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.5901/jesr.2014.v4n5p79
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