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Language Use in the Public Sphere

Methodological Perspectives and Empirical Applications


Edited By Inés Olza Moreno, Óscar Loureda Lamas and Manuel Casado

This book comprises a range of general discussions on tradition and innovation in the methodology used in discourse studies (Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Argumentation Theory, Rhetoric, Philosophy) and a number of empirical applications of such methodologies in the analysis of actual instances of language use in the public sphere – in particular, discourses arising in the context of the debate on the presence of religious symbols in public places.
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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



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 →


The purpose of this chapter is to provide a linguistic-rhetorical analysis of a selected range of Spanish media discourses on the social debate concerning the regulation of the wearing of the Muslim veil in public – in other words, the use of the burqa and...

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