Media Discourse on Catalan Independence: A corpus-based analysis of discourse prosodies in Spanish and Catalan newspapers.

Giugliano, Marcello (2022). Media Discourse on Catalan Independence: A corpus-based analysis of discourse prosodies in Spanish and Catalan newspapers. (In Press). Discourse and Communication, 16(5) SAGE Publications

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The present study is a corpus-assisted analysis of discourses on the Catalan movement of independence in the Catalan and Spanish press. A referendum for Catalan independence was held on 1 October 2017 but was not approved by the central Spanish government and was declared illegal. Spanish and Catalan newspapers differed considerably in their treatment and representation of the conflict, which also drew the attention of the international press to Catalonia.
My analysis interconnects theoretical perspectives from linguistic critical discourse studies, cognitive linguistics and media studies. The methodology is based on the analysis of two comparable corpora of journalistic texts (in Catalan, Spanish). My aim is to identify and compare different features of the semantic prosody of words describing the event of geopolitical separation and the different narratives on this sociopolitical conflict that these prosodies contribute to producing. More specifically, I focus on a selection of keywords, like independence, secession and sovereignty, that seem to be indicative of different discursive strategies consciously, and possibly unconsciously, chosen by a selection of national Catalan and Spanish newspapers. By carrying out a contrastive analysis of the two corpora, I am able to describe certain similarities, like the similar frequent use of the word independence, and differences, like the more frequent use of the word secession in the Spanish corpus, that indicate different framings of the same event and can be related to different ideological positionings against or in favour of Catalonia’s independence from Spain.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Spanish Languages and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Giugliano, Marcello


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 860 Spanish & Portuguese literatures
400 Language > 460 Spanish & Portuguese languages




SAGE Publications




Marcello Giugliano

Date Deposited:

21 Apr 2022 09:17

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 16:17


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