Canción vs violencia. Respuesta al 11 de septiembre en la canción norteamericana. El caso de los Black Eyed Peas


  • Laura Filardo Llamas Universidad de Valladolid
  • Ana María Iglesias Botrán Universidad de Valladolid



songs, 9/11, systemic-functional linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, ideology, Black Eyed Peas


The objective of this article is to understand the relationship that can be established between the entertaining function of songs, and their ability to respond to given social processes. In this way, it could be argued that the idealising and didactic functions of music can be equated to the ideational function of language identifi ed by M.A.K. Halliday. Therefore, by analysing referential processes, transitivity and metaphorical uses, we shall be able to fi gure out the personal and social experience that musicians are drawing upon in their reactions to certain social events. In this article, we will focus on the response of the Black Eyed Peas to the 9/11 attacks in New York. To achieve this, we will do a linguistic analysis of their song "Where is the love". In this way we shall draw conclusions not only on the discursive construction of a given social image, but also on the musical reaction to socio-political events.


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