The Language of Organizations: The Case of the Navy,
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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On the surface this is a paper about the Navy. More fundamentally, however, it is about language and the role it plays in generating and maintaining organization. The author explored some ways in which one particular organization the U.S. Navy uses language that is unique to that organization. There are words, symbols and modes of discourse that characterize this organization and which are unintelligible outside the organization. The thesis is that every organization, taskactivity and social group has its own language lexicon, sign system, mode of discourse. The facts of linguistic differentiation are apparent, but the determinants of, reasons for, and functions of this fact remain obscure.
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