Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero – Competing Legitimation Strategies: A Critical Discourse Analysis of discourse of the radical right in Spain in 2018




Event Date: 15 – 17 May 2019
Richmond University – The American University in London
Queen’s Rd,
Richmond TW10 6JP

The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right in partnership with Richmond, the American University in London presents:

A Century of Radical Right Extremism: New Approaches

Dr Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero (University of Granada) – Competing Legitimation Strategies: A Critical Discourse Analysis of discourse of the radical right in Spain in 2018

Since its quite recent foundation in December 2013, the far right-wing political party VOX has been gaining ground in the Spanish political arena. The last stages of the Spanish economic crisis, the scandals of corruption that weakened the traditional historical conservative Party (Partido Popular), the internal struggles within it to get the power and the resignation of President Mariano Rajoy have been the perfect environment for VOX to gain votes from a great part of conservative voters disappointed by what they considered Rajoy’s bland policy specially on topics such as the issue of the independence of Catalunya or the policy on immigration. However, in an attempt to go back to their original ideological roots and re-gain the lost confidence of voters, the Popular Party elected a new President, Pablo Casado, who has been more identified with the style of politics of former president Aznar rather than with Rajoy.

This paper analyses linguistically the rhetoric of the leader of VOX party, Santiago Abascal, during the year 2018 and compare it with the discourse of the new elected President of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado. In particular, we will try to see how different and how similar the discourses of both politicians are in terms of the tone and style of their rhetoric in the political campaign for Andalusian elections. To carry out such a task, I will apply Corpus Linguistics methodology to analyse micro-linguistic features: semantic roles, social actors, modality, lexical choices, transitive frames and argumentation strategies (topoi) to connect them with a socio-political interpretation within the framework of Critical Discourse Analysis (Wodak & Reisigl; Wodak and Chilton, 2005; Wodak and Mayer 2009) of the (far) right wing arena in Spain in 2018.



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