When in parliamentary debate there is no debate Argumentation strategies during Catalonia's 2017 referendum

Gema Rubio-Carbonero*, Nuria Franco-Guillen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

On the 1st October 2017 an independence referendum was organised in Catalonia. The aim of this paper is to analyse the nature of the political debate going on in the Catalan Parliament during the whole process by focusing on the kind of argumentation strategies that were used by each of the leanings to legitimise their political decisions. We do that relying on a methodological distinction that differentiates between sound argumentation and fallacious argumentation. By using a Critical Discourse Analysis approach, this study offers a wide picture of the kind of argumentation used by the main political actors involved in the process of decision making in Catalonia. The results show that there is more emphasis in antagonising with the others, than engaging in sound argument exchange that could facilitate minimal points of consensus. Such results may help explain why the Catalan conflict is still unsolved at the political level.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • argumentation strategies
  • fallacies
  • Topoi
  • Catalonia's referendum
  • parliamentary debates
  • PARTIES

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