The Concept of Freedom in Spanish Political Discourse on Twitter

Authors

  • Ana Pano Alamán University of Bologna, Italy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.30.1.149-171

Keywords:

freedom, political discourse, populism, persuasion, Twitter

Abstract

This article, which focuses on political discourse found on Twitter, presents the results of an analysis of the semantic values of the concept of freedom in a corpus of tweets derived from those published by the main Spanish political leaders. Based on the approaches of critical epistemic discourse analysis and the concept of lexical framing, the study addresses the lexical-semantic dimension of this term in the corpus. The aim is to identify the interpretative contexts that political leaders privilege in their discourse based on their values and ideologies as well as their persuasion strategies, so that their intended audience adhere to their proposals. The results show that freedom co-appears with other terms that reinforce its normative meaning associated with different rights and freedoms. Sometimes the need to protect freedom is claimed, especially in the case of the leader of Vox, who insists on framing the threat to freedom by promoting polarization. 

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Published

27.12.2022

How to Cite

Pano Alamán, A. (2022). The Concept of Freedom in Spanish Political Discourse on Twitter. Verba Hispanica, 30(1), 149–171. https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.30.1.149-171