Language, Ideology, and the Press in Catalonia


  • David D. Laitin,

    1. University of Chicago
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      David D. Laitin is Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, 5828 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

  • Guadalupe Rodriguez Gómez

    1. University of Chicago
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      Guadalupe Rodriguez Gómez is a doctoral candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


This article, relying on Bakhtin's approach to canonization, demonstrates an empirical link between language and ideology. The authors employ content and discourse analysis to examine political discourse exemplified in editorial writing as a particular speech genre. They scrutinize editorials in four newspapers published in Catalonia, two of them in Castilian and two in Catalan. Despite political differences between the papers in each language, the authors discern a Catalan-language discourse style that differs significantly from the Caslilian-language discourse style. They conclude that the historically canonized discourse styles, different in Catalonia's Castilian and Catalan press, reflect the intimate relationship between language of use and ideology.