Jorge Soto-Almela y Gema Alcaraz-Mármol, 2017: "Comparing the portrayal of immigration
in two Spanish newspapers: a semantic
Onomázein 38, 147-168.
This study focuses on the semantic prosody (SP) of the word inmigración and its comparison
in two Spanish newspapers which represent two different political ideologies. Our objective
is to determine whether there exists a negative prosody of the item inmigración in the newspapers
analyzed. We also intend to explore whether any significant differences can be elicited
in how both newspapers portray the phenomenon of immigration. The analysis focuses on
two corpora formed by more than 400 immigration news which were published between
2003 and 2013 and extracted from the digital library of El País (classified as centre-leftist) and
El Mundo (with right-wing views). The results suggest that the word inmigración has a very
similar negative prosody in both newspapers, regardless of their political ideology. Therefore,
the portrayal of immigration seems to be rather a matter of social concern that goes beyond
the political thought of conservatives and progressives.