The linguistic-pragmatic features of the realization of speech acts of threat in the political discourses of Germany and SpainAbstract
The threat is one of the most effective ways to influence an interlocutor’s behavior because it directly affects his or her personal interests. Depending on the context, a threat may take various forms, which can be at odds with the traditional idea of both the structure of a threat and its linguistic markers. Threats are frequently used in contemporary political discourse, which is governed by norms and conventions. The radicalization of communication is a result of social and economic problems as well as geopolitical conflicts. This paper analyses what forms the speech act of threat can take in the political discourses of two European countries: Germany and Spain. It attempts to identify similarities and structural differences in the realization of speech acts of threat at the lexical, grammatical, and pragmatic levels by politicians in these countries. The study relies on sixty-six speeches of German and Spanish politicians: Alexander Gauland, Alice Weidel, Mariano Rajoy, and Íñigo Méndez de Vigo.