Loaded Language: What are the effects?

In the article written by Gene Demby published on the National Public Radio, “In Immigration Debate, ‘Undocumented’ Vs. ‘Illegal’ Is More Than Just Semantics”, Demby argues that the word ‘Undocumented’ should be used in political debates and issues regarding immigrants with no documentation instead of “Illegal”. Demby uses sophisticated language by including “Sematics,” (Demby, 2013. “In Immigration Debate, ‘Undocumented’ Vs. ‘Illegal’ Is More Than Just Semantics”). in the title of the article as well as “dehumanizing and radicalized,” (Demby, 2013. para. 4. “In Immigration Debate, ‘Undocumented’ Vs. ‘Illegal’ Is More Than Just Semantics”). to express his negative reflexion on using broad words such as ‘Illegal’ to label immigrants without documentation. Demby points this articles’ audience at politicians and suggests that politicians, specifically Republicans, should use loaded language to “repair their image among Latino voters… 46 percent of Latino voters think ‘illegal immigrant’ is offensive,” ((Demby, 2013. para. 7. “In Immigration Debate, ‘Undocumented’ Vs. ‘Illegal’ Is More Than Just Semantics”). Using such powerful language in his article, Demby expresses bias towards being pro-immigrant and that using non offensive and non radicalizing language can better the debate over immigration. The significance of Demby’s word choice can further persuade politicians to be sophistically inclined in their own language as well.

Kitchen, Kayla. 15 September, 2016. 8:56 p.m.

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