How does Newspeak work?

I’ve brought up Orwell’s idea of Newspeak in several lectures so far, and it will become especially important to our discussion of Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story and, in a different way, Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos and Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life.” For those who would like to see how Orwell explains Newspeak in some detail, I recommend that you read this online reprint of his “Appendix” to Nineteen Eighty Four–in my opinion the best part of the novel (by which I mean most crucial to understanding Orwell’s dystopian society as well as the most thought-provocking).

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