Populism and Language: A Linguistic Trend in Populist Discourse

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Populism and Language: A Linguistic Trend in Populist Discourse

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Populism and Language: A Linguistic Trend in Populist Discourse
Author: El-Masoudi, Hamza
Issue Date: 2019-01-31
Keywords: Populism, Linguistics, Trump, Farage
Abstract: Throughout the years populism has managed to take many forms. While not entirely a western phenomenon, with many prominent examples existing in Latin America and some in Africa, many of the most noteworthy examples were established in Western Europe. In more recent years this has taken shape in the form of parties led by people such as Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Nigel Farage, and Pablo Iglesias. This resurgence is a relatively long time coming. Cas Mudde has warned for years that “populist discourse has become mainstream in the politics of western democracies” calling it a “populist zeitgeist” (2004). Recently, Donald Trump has become one of the most successful and most of all surprising examples of mainstream populism, but how does his language use differ from those before him? Many of populism’s core principles have managed to stay the same, while others have changed and adapted throughout the years depending on its leaders, the people it is directed to, and the political climate it is being implemented in. This paper will analyse the language aspect of two major populist figures of our time, namely Donald J. Trump and Nigel Farage. It will compare and contrast their use of language using rhetorical and register analysis, based on parameters founded in political discourse analysis. This paper will provide clear examples to illustrate these similarities and differences in rhetoric and style, and aims to establish a relationship between linguistic features and populist rhetoric.
Supervisor: Jeffery, Jill
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/68501

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