chapter  3
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Persuasive forces: language, ideology and education

Think of the tools in a tool box: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screw-driver, a rule, a glue pot, glue, nails and screws. - The functions of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects. (And in both cases there are similarities.)

(Wittgenstein 1958: section 11) Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.