Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory

  • Christophe Declercq
  • Julian Walker

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Languages at War book series (PASLW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Julian Walker, Christophe Declercq
      Pages 1-18
  3. The Historian’s Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. Representing the Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Dominiek Dendooven
      Pages 43-53
    3. Marguerite Helmers
      Pages 54-72
  5. Language Use and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Véronique Duché, Diane Saint de Léger
      Pages 75-93
    3. Christophe Declercq
      Pages 94-107
  6. Literature and Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Robert Hampson
      Pages 129-139
    3. Julie Wheelwright
      Pages 164-177
  7. Commemoration and Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Geert Buelens
      Pages 199-213
    3. Ross J. Wilson
      Pages 237-248
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-256

About this book


With several terms from the First World War still present in modern speech, Languages and the First World War presents over 30 essays by international academics investigating the linguistic aspects of the 1914-18 conflict.
The first of the two volumes covers language change and documentation during the period of the war, while the second examines the representation and the memory of the war.

Communicating in a Transnational War examines languages at the front, including the subject of interpretation, translation and parallels between languages; communication with the home front; propaganda and language manipulation; and recording language during the war.

Representation and Memory examines historiographical issues; the nature of representing the war in letters and diaries; the documentation of language change; the language of representing the war in reportage and literature; and the language of remembering the war.

Covered in the process are slang, censorship, soldiers' phrasebooks, code-switching, borrowing terms, the problems facing multilingual armies, and gendered language.


language war conflict First World War World War One Great War Western Front soldiers' language trench slang linguistics code-switching translation sociolinguistics interpreting military German British English French Austro-Hungarian

Editors and affiliations

  • Christophe Declercq
    • 1
  • Julian Walker
  1. 1.University College LondonUK

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