Language and Public Memorial: `America's Concentration Camps'

@article{Schiffrin2001LanguageAP,
  title={Language and Public Memorial: `America's Concentration Camps'},
  author={Deborah Schiffrin},
  journal={Discourse \& Society},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={505 - 534}
}
  • D. Schiffrin
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Sociology
  • Discourse & Society
Museums and exhibits that present `history' offer largely visual versions of collective narratives to a broad audience. Yet language can play a critical role in these versions of the past and, like the histories themselves, the language can become controversial. For example, the title of an exhibit on the Japanese-American internment in World War II-`America's Concentration Camps' - was disturbing to American Jews who associated `concentration camps' with their experience in the Holocaust. This… 

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