Edited by Jovan Kurbalija and Hannah Slavik
2001, DiploProjects, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, Malta
Paperback, 335 pages ISBN 99909-55-15-8

Language and Diplomacy is a collection of papers presented at the February 2000 Second International Conference on Knowledge and Diplomacy and the January 2001 Conference on Language and Diplomacy. The book examines traditional aspects of language in diplomacy: diplomatic signaling, rhetorical patterns and ambiguities; as well as new issues raised by information technology. The publication is available online and in print.


Preface: Jovan Kurbalija and Hannah Slavik

  1. To Joke or Not To Joke: A Diplomatic Dilemma in the Age of Internet – Peter Serracino-Inglott
  2. Use of Language in Diplomacy – Stanko Nick
  3. Language and Diplomacy – Kamel S. Abu Jaber
  4. Language and Diplomacy – A Practitioner’s View – Aldo Matteucci
  5. Language and Negotiation: A Middle East Lexicon – Raymond Cohen
  6. Talking to Americans: Problems of Language and Diplomacy – Paul Sharp
  7. Language, Signaling and Diplomacy – Kishan S. Rana
  8. Historical Rhetoric and Diplomacy – An Uneasy Cohabitation – Drazen Pehar
  9. Language Setting the Stage for Diplomacy; Diplomacy Based on Interpretation, Rhetoric and Ethics; Philosophical Considerations – Benoit Girardin
  10. Ambiguity Versus Precision: The Changing Role of Terminology in Conference Diplomacy – Norman Scott
  11. Use of Ambiguities in Peace Agreements – Drazen Pehar
  12. Texts in Diplomacy – Dietrich Kappeler
  13. Documenting Diplomacy, Evaluating Documents: the Case of the CSCE – Keith Hamilton
  14. Pragmatics in Diplomatic Exchanges – Edmond Pascual
  15. Deconstruction and the Undoing of Diplomacy: A Case Study Involving the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations – Ivan Callus and Ruben Borg
  16. The Languages of the Knights: Legislation, Administration and Diplomacy in a Multilingual State (14th-16th Centuries) – Joseph M. Brincat
  17. Applying the Pedagogy of Positiveness to Diplomatic Communication – Francisco Gomes de Matos
  18. Setting Priorities for a World Language Initiative – Donald F. Sola
  19. Interpretation and Diplomacy – Vicki Ann Cremona and Helena Mallia
  20. Hypertext in Diplomacy – Jovan Kurbalija

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