Methodological Perspectives and Empirical Applications
The Debate about the Veil in the Spanish Press. Boosting Strategies and Interactional Metadiscourse in the Editorials of ABC and El País (2002–2010): Ramón González Ruiz & Dámaso Izquierdo Alegría
RAMÓN GONZÁLEZ RUIZ & DÁMASO IZQUIERDO ALEGRÍA
The Debate about the Veil in the Spanish Press: Boosting Strategies and Interactional Metadiscourse in the Editorials of ABC and El País (2002–2010)*
The aim of this study is to reveal the main discursive strategies shaping Spanish newspaper ideologies in relation to the debate on the Islamic veil (2002–2010). To this end, editorials published by two major national newspapers in Spain that reflect clashing ideologies – ABC (right-wing) and El País (left-wing) – have been analyzed in linguistic and rhetorical terms. The theoretical framework for this article is based on the notion of metadiscourse (put forward by Hyland 1998, 2005 and 2010). Metadiscourse encompasses devices dealing with text production and organization (textual or interactive metadiscourse), as well as those showing the author’s presence and allowing him/her to build a relationship with the reader/listener (interpersonal or interactional metadiscourse). More specifically, this study delves into a category of the latter (boosters), insofar as these are one of the main discursive means by which the different stances adopted by each newspaper may be disclosed.
Keywords: Editorial; Interpersonal / Interactional Metadiscourse; Modality; Boosters; Deonticity. ← 397 | 398 →