Ausgabe 94/2023

Antisemitische Topoi im digitalen Aktivismus: Der Israel-Palästina-Konflikt auf Instagram

Laura Levstock

During the violent outbreaks of the Israel-Palestine-conflict in May 2021, two extreme opinions took a very strong stand on various social media platforms. For instance, on the visual-based platform Instagram, where a particular cartoon was posted and shared multi­ple times. This cartoon, consisting of ten images, seeks to explain the conflict from one perspective, defending and supporting the pro-Palestinian side. As the conflict was transported to social media, the reproduction of antisemitic posts increased. As a case in point, I will examine the cartoon for antisemitic topoi in this article. The relevance of this analysis is to reveal the (often hidden) reproduction of antisemitism on social media, particularly when considering the problematic situation in the Middle East. Furthermore, this article will highlight the relevance of the sparseness of linguistic analysis of political activism on social media, especially on Instagram.

Schlagwörter: Antisemitismus, digitaler Aktivismus, Topoi


»Des reine Hochdeutsch bring ich net zamm.« Lautliche Merkmale des Regionalakzents im Ostfränkischen

Jeffrey Pheiff / Tillmann Pistor

We investigate the consonant and vowel inventories as well as unstres­sed syllables in the spoken Standard German of speakers from the East Franconian dialect region in the German states of Thuringia and Bavaria. Using a sub-corpus of speech samples from »Regional­ (REDE)« with speech data for two generations of speakers from four towns, we document the features, investigate whether these features are dialect reflexes, and give an overview of their salience. In total, we find 23 regional features, most of which are given a moderate to high degree of subjective dialectality in listeners’ judgments. Further­more, our analysis shows that consonant and syllable pheno­mena are geographically distributed along Upper and Lower East Franconian lines, suggesting an influence of the Steigerwald­schranke on the regio­nal accent.

Schlagwörter: Ostfränkisch, Regionalakzent, Phonetik, Phono­logie, Dialektologie, Salienz




Christine Czinglar

Brizić, Katharina. 2022. Der Klang der Ungleichheit: Biografie, Bildung und Zusammenhalt in der vielsprachigen Gesellschaft. Münster: Waxmann. 314 Seiten, broschiert, 39,90 €. ISBN 978-3-8309-4594-9 314. Open Access:




Themenheft 93/2022


Hg. v. Martin Reisigl

»Absolut unnötig« oder »wichtig für Gleichstellung«? – Argumente und Motivationen für und gegen geschlechtergerechten Sprachgebrauch. Eine quantitative und qualitative Diskursanalyse

Christoph Oscar Hofbauer

Gender-fair language is a topic that has been discussed extensively both among linguists and non-linguists. In this context, universities play a crucial role, because they combine research perspectives with everyday language use and function as role models for the society. Hence, this paper presents and discusses the results of three surveys conducted at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. After an overview of the relevant literature, the paper analyses quantitative and qualitative data from a total of 1,915 participants (students and employees), identifies contradictory positions and sheds light on current competing discourses in the field of gender-fair and anti-discriminatory (German) language. As a conclusion, awareness-raising measures are recommended for a language that is seen as a powerful tool that can contribute to more gender equality.

Schlagwörter: Geschlechtergerechte Sprache, Gendern, Genderlingu­istik, Soziolinguistik



»Ich frage mich, in was für einer Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?« - Eine Kritische Diskursanalyse der Reaktionen auf Nina Prolls Facebook-Post zu #MeToo in österreichischen Printmedien

Katharina Meissl/Edna Imamović/Zahra HosseiniKhoo

In October 2017, the Austrian actress Nina Proll published a Facebook post, criticizing the #MeToo campaign and its participants for ›weakening women‹. The post instigated supportive and critical reactions. This Critical Discourse Study analyzes the reactions to Proll’s post in six Austrian newspapers between October 25th 2017, and March 31st, 2018. It sheds light on argumentative patterns in the Austrian discourse on #MeToo. The analysis reveals (i) diverse representations of Proll through personal and professional attributions; (ii) ambiguous definitions of sexual harassment, (iii) the reproduction of myths about sexual violence.

Schlagwörter: #MeToo, sexuelle Gewalt, Kritische Diskurs-analyse, Argumentationsanalyse, österreichische Printmedien



»elendig vs. »liab« – Gender in der Fankultur: Eine Analyse von Forumsbeiträgen zu den Fußball-Europameis-terschaften 2016 und 2017

Anna Winkler

This article investigates differences in nominations and predications in the discourse of men’s and women’s football. 5241 postings have been analys-ed following the Discourse-Historical Approach and studied with respect to linguistic discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The postings show differences in the reception of football-related incidents. They relate less to the actors’ gender than to the relationship users experience when dealing with the actors. This discrepancy may link to the respective distan-ce or closeness to the referenced object. Strong utterances of critique, in-sults and abusive language are rather used if the subject is a popular male player, and they are becoming more frequent with the popularity of female players. Apart from that, males and females are treated similarly.

Schlagwörter: Kritische Diskursanalyse, Genderlinguistik, Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Social Media, Genderstereotypen