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Reyes, Antonio. 2011. Strategies of legitimization in political discourse: From words to actions. Discourse & Society 22 (6) : 781–807.
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SAGE Publications


Drawing on Critical Discourse Analysis and using analytical tools from Systemic Functional Linguistics, this paper adresses a key use of language in society: the legitimization process. This study accounts for specific linguistic ways in which language represents a control instrument and demonstrates symbolic power in discourse and society, using examples of speeches given by leaders with varying ideologies, in particular George W. Bush and Barack Obama, in two different armed conflicts, Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2009).