This paper aims to provide new insights into the study of a very popular topic in conservative journalistic discourses about language in Spain: the vindication of the use of slurs in the public sphere. With the help of Critical Discourse Analysis and the presuppositional account of slurs and thick terms, a corpus of 33 opinion articles on language written by Jaime Campmany and published in the conservative journal ABC from 1993 to 2005 will be analyzed. All the texts discuss the use of derogatory terms for the LGBT community. The results of the content analysis will confirm that the metalinguistic vindication of slurs conceals its most insidious effect: they encode an evaluative discriminatory presupposition that becomes common ground among the conversation participants.
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