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Spanish-Language Print Media in the United States: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Ideological Representations
Megan Strom
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The current study constitutes a critical discourse analysis of ideological representations in Spanish-language print media in the Midwest of the United States. The study's goal is to shed light on how ideology is expressed in Spanish as a minoritized language, as well as the potential for these ideologies to challenge mainstream ideologies. The data represent 24 local news articles from two local Spanish-language print newspapers in the Midwest of the United States that were analyzed following Teun van Dijk's socio-cognitive approach (1998, 2008) and Norman Fairclough's dialectal-relational approach (2001). The analysis indicates how grammatical structures, context, cognition, and overarching social structures combine to create distinctive discursive representations of ideology. Grammatical structures in local Spanish-language newspapers establish hierarchies of inclusion and exclusion of social actors, whereas contextual structures refer to information unique to both the Latino immigrant community and the United States community. As a whole, the newspapers provide Latino immigrants an opportunity to learn necessary sociocultural information about the United States while maintaining their own epistemic community. By indicating the potential for local Spanish-language media to challenge the negative ideologies commonly represented in the English-language mass media, this study underscores the impact local media may have on changing oppressive discursive practices against minoritized groups in the United States.

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Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Gillian Lord, Ana de Prada Pérez, and Jessi Elana Aaron
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