(De)legitimization strategies in the ‘austere prose’ of Palmiro Togliatti

Ludovico Franco, Benedetta Baldi

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This article illustrates the specific linguistic ways which introduce the pragmatics and semantics of de-legitimization and symbolic power in political discourse. We will show that the words produced in political discourse, represent an enabling tool to create the effects of meaning related to the process of (de)legitimization as a slip/change of meaning.
Taking into account the few previous studies on de-legitimization strategies, our intention is to analyse this discursive practice in the political discourse of Palmiro Togliatti, considering as the focus of our analysis three speeches delivered in the period 1947-1952. We will show that Togliatti employed many different discursive strategies that can be included within the (de)legitimization spectrum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-158
Number of pages20
JournalQuaderni di Linguistica e Studi Orientali
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Dehumanization
  • Vocatives
  • Political Discourse
  • (De)legitimization
  • Authoritative Discourse


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