The Languages of the Italian Communists: Some Descriptive Remarks (1921-1964)
The Italian Communist Party (ICP) was the largest communist party of the West. Although it was part of the International communist movement, it pretended to be an ‘original’ party, bearer of a ‘National way to communism’. Instead, many scholars have successfully demonstrated that the links of the party with the Soviet Union and leninism were strong and solid until the mid 70’s. This essay tries to demonstrate that in terms of political language, the ICP was deeply influenced by the Communist jargon as created during the Stalin era. As scholars have written, regarding the cultural identity of the Communist parties, in the 50’s there was no need of a centralized cultural authority, because the symbols and the language of Communism were already a common lingo and a standardized jargon. This essay is based on the linguistic analysis of a series of official documents of the ICP and studies the origins of the IPC’s langue de bois.
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EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Franco Andreucci, "The Languages of the Italian Communists: Some Descriptive Remarks (1921-1964)" in: "Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2019, pp. 27-56
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