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A Semantics of the Financial Crisis in Spain

12 pagesPublished: February 23, 2017


This article presents research carried out on a corpus of newspaper articles about the financial crisis in Spain (Corpus de la Crisis Financiera - CCF). The genesis and compilation of the CCF coincided with a growing body of publications about the financial situation in Spain, a severe economic downturn involving a banking crisis, a burst housing bubble, a dramatic increase in unemployment, and cuts in social services. In this paper, we are going to focus on the semantics and rhetorical functions in the different texts that make up the corpus. Our main objective is to explore the realizations of evaluative meaning in our corpus, either overtly expressed by the journalist or implicitly transmitted in texts by means of rhetorical devices such as metaphors.
We will provide examples from our corpus to show how the recurrence and coexistence of such linguistic features play a cohesive role providing texts consistency and texture. These linguistic resources persuade individual readers and even shape collective opinions and ideologies.

Keyphrases: evaluative language, financial crisis, newspaper corpus, rhetorical functions, semantic analysis

In: Chelo Vargas-Sierra (editor). Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, vol 2, pages 283--294

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Keith Stuart and Ana Botella and Lucia Gadea-Boronat},
  title     = {A Semantics of the Financial Crisis in Spain},
  booktitle = {Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective},
  editor    = {Chelo Vargas-Sierra},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics},
  volume    = {2},
  pages     = {283--294},
  year      = {2017},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-5283},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/w61x}}
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