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Il discorso populista di Beppe Grillo: Un'analisi linguistica
by Raymond, Annabelle, M.A., Georgetown University, 2018, 110; 10843340
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the discourse of Beppe Grillo, founder of the Five Star Movement, a populist political movement created on his personal blog in 2009. It analyzes three of the texts published on Grillo’s blog about the constitutional referendum proposed by the ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in 2016 by applying various linguistic models from the field of Critical Discourse Analysis to demonstrate some of the most salient linguistic patterns that coincide with characteristics commonly found in populist discourse. By examining the socio-political background of the movement, this study also aims to reveal the significance of the blog as a tool in the success of their campaign against the referendum. We seek to place Grillo’s discourse within the realm of populist discourse by observing how he utilizes the referendum to promote his movement and challenge the established parties of Italy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fina, Anna De
Commitee: Cicali, Gianni, Sclafani, Jennifer
School: Georgetown University
Department: Italian Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European Studies, Political science, Sociolinguistics
Keywords: Five Star Movement, Grillo, Beppe, Political discourse analysis, Populism, Populist rhetoric
Publication Number: 10843340
ISBN: 978-0-438-36273-4
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