This paper presents an analysis of the rhetorical strategies of some European and American politicians associated with the inherently ambiguous concept of populism. The theoretical framework adopted combines text linguistics and critical discourse analysis and has an interdisciplinary character. The data analysed demonstrate that populist rhetorical strategies do not differ markedly from those typically employed in political rhetoric. While each populist politician evokes a specific identity narrative to create common ground with the electorate, they all emphasise a profound dualism in society between “us and them” through metaphors, hyperboles, and personifications. This dichotomous view of society is sometimes exploited to send ambivalent messages of potential discrimination.

"A cross-linguistic study of new populist language"

Lorenzetti Maria Ivana
2018

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of the rhetorical strategies of some European and American politicians associated with the inherently ambiguous concept of populism. The theoretical framework adopted combines text linguistics and critical discourse analysis and has an interdisciplinary character. The data analysed demonstrate that populist rhetorical strategies do not differ markedly from those typically employed in political rhetoric. While each populist politician evokes a specific identity narrative to create common ground with the electorate, they all emphasise a profound dualism in society between “us and them” through metaphors, hyperboles, and personifications. This dichotomous view of society is sometimes exploited to send ambivalent messages of potential discrimination.
9789027201935
political discourse; critical discourse analysis: populism; metaphor; framing; contrastive analysis
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Lorenzetti_DAPSAC_2018.pdf

solo utenti autorizzati

Licenza: Accesso ristretto
Dimensione 1.98 MB
Formato Adobe PDF
1.98 MB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11562/988819
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 1
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 1
social impact