Vol. 1 (2015)

(De)Legitimization Strategies in the “Austere Prose” of Palmiro Togliatti

Benedetta Baldi
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI

Published 2015-09-11


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

How to Cite

Baldi, B., & Franco, L. (2015). (De)Legitimization Strategies in the “Austere Prose” of Palmiro Togliatti. Quaderni Di Linguistica E Studi Orientali, 1, 139–158. https://doi.org/10.13128/QULSO-2421-7220-16520


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


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