Quotation Thielemann, Nadine. 2019. From Poland to #San Escobar - on strategies subverting political discourse on Twitter. In: Reference and Identity in Public Discourses, Hrsg. Lutzky, Ursula / Nevala, Minna, 251-280. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.




Using the example of the hashtag #SanEscobar, which was triggered by a slip of the tongue made by the then Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski, the chapter shows how Twitter provides a discourse arena for the subversion of political discourse. A multimodal discourse analysis of tweets reveals how participants jointly devise the virtual country of San Escobar. The conceptual structure of the unfolding discourse uses elements from frames which comprise knowledge about South-America, Pablo Escobar and about the national conservative PiS party. Conceptual elements and structure from these frames are combined in a way that associates PiS-governed Poland with the stereotype of a South American narco-democracy (San Escobar) and thus humorously criticises the current political situation in Poland.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title From Poland to #San Escobar - on strategies subverting political discourse on Twitter
Title of whole publication Reference and Identity in Public Discourses
Editor Lutzky, Ursula / Nevala, Minna
Page from 251
Page to 280
Location Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Publisher Benjamins
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://benjamins.com/catalog/pbns.306.10thi
ISBN 9789027204202
Open Access N
JEL https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.306.10thi


Thielemann, Nadine (Details)
Institute for Slavic Languages IN (Details)
Department of Foreign Language Business Communication DP (Details)
Competence Center for Business Languages WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5917 Communication science (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6616 Slavonic studies (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6634 Cognitive linguistics (Details)
6910 Rhetoric (Details)
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