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Language Use in the Public Sphere

Methodological Perspectives and Empirical Applications

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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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Who Tells the Story of “the War of Religious Symbols”?: An Analysis of Genette’s Categories of Voice and Point of View in ABC, El Mundo and El País Reports on the Withdrawal of the Crucifix and the Prohibition of the Veil in Spain: Sira Hernández Corchete & Beatriz Gómez Baceiredo

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SIRA HERNÁNDEZ CORCHETE & BEATRIZ GÓMEZ BACEIREDO

Who Tells The Story of “the War of Religious Symbols”? An Analysis of Genette’s Categories of Voice and Point of View in ABC, El Mundo and El País Reports on the Withdrawal of the Crucifix and the Prohibition of the Veil in Spain

In recent years, the withdrawal of the crucifix and the prohibition of the veil in Spain have prompted significant political, social and cultural controversy, which has been amplified by coverage of what the mass media refers to as “war of religious symbols”. Naturally, most of the assessments of such prohibitions published in the Spanish press have appeared in opinion genres such as editorials, columns, articles, etc. However, other arguments in favour and against such political and legal decisions have also appeared, albeit in less explicit terms, in genres such as the news report, which is shaped by a narrative rather than an argumentative structure.

Using Genette’s categories of voice and point of view, this chapter undertakes a comparative analysis of the figure of the narrator in news reports published in the newspapers ABC, El Mundo and El País dealing with the prohibition of the crucifix and the Islamic veil in Spain. In other words, the objectives are to identify who is telling the story of “the war of religious symbols”, to establish what kind of links they may have with the story they tell, and to discover what perspective or...

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