Quotation Hofer-Bonfim, Bernadette, Macedo, Litiane. 2021. A Transitivity Analysis of Covid-19 anti-vax discourses in Brazilian Portuguese and German on Twitter. Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group, Online, Australien, 16.11-19.11.




The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the spread of disinformation and conspiracy narratives and has further revived anti-vaccine movements around the globe. In order to understand the central arguments and discursive patterns present in these movements, this research aims to describe, analyse, and compare the transitivity patterns of anti-vax campaigns on Twitter in Brazilian Portuguese and German posted between December 2020 and February 2021. Looking at the representational meanings of anti-vaccination discourses in Brazilian Portuguese and German, in two distinct socio-political contexts will allow new insights into anti-vax discourses from a context-sensitive and language-comparative perspective. In terms of the methodological approach, the linguistic resources were analysed through the Transitivity System proposed by Halliday (2004, 2014). Partial results have shown that the local sociopolitical context affects the main arguments of the anti-vaccine Tweets, which also reflect nationalist discourses. The social relevance of this research is based on the necessity to understand the arguments and ideologies that support anti-vax movements to start a ‘non-judgemental’ dialogue (Kata, 2012). Such a dialogue can open up new perspectives on anti-vax discourses as well as new approaches of tackling the negative effects of misinformation such as e.g. vaccine hesitancy. Keywords: Covid-19, Anti-vax Discourse, Portuguese Language, German Language, Transitivity System.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title A Transitivity Analysis of Covid-19 anti-vax discourses in Brazilian Portuguese and German on Twitter
Event Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group
Year 2021
Date 16.11-19.11
Country Australia
Location Online
URL https://sfl-interest-group.org/program/


Hofer-Bonfim, Bernadette (Details)
Macedo, Litiane (Federal University of Piauí, Brazil)
Institute for Romance Languages IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
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