The purpose of this study is to focus on movie tourism, specifically on the “Montalbano effect”, which has seen increments in tourist visits to Sicilian sites featuring in the episodes of the popular TV series. It explores the concepts of genre and evaluative language in websites offeringMontalbano tours in Sicily in an interdisciplinary perspective, aiming to combine insights from Tourismand Linguistics to analyse the phenomenon. The language of two corpora, one consisting of sites offeringtraditional Sicilian tours and another of sites devoted to Montalbano, is analysed in terms of genre and evaluative language. The study shows an emerging genre and genre hybridity that, it is suggested, are inresponse to market trends and may represent beginnings of a re-branding of Sicily as a tourist destination, away from past negative stereotypes associating the island with organised crime.The interdisciplinary aspect of the study represents a significant step towards awider involvement of different disciplines in understanding an important social phenomenon.

The Montalbano effect: re-branding Sicily as a tourist destination?

PONTON, DOUGLAS;ASERO, VINCENZO
2015

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to focus on movie tourism, specifically on the “Montalbano effect”, which has seen increments in tourist visits to Sicilian sites featuring in the episodes of the popular TV series. It explores the concepts of genre and evaluative language in websites offeringMontalbano tours in Sicily in an interdisciplinary perspective, aiming to combine insights from Tourismand Linguistics to analyse the phenomenon. The language of two corpora, one consisting of sites offeringtraditional Sicilian tours and another of sites devoted to Montalbano, is analysed in terms of genre and evaluative language. The study shows an emerging genre and genre hybridity that, it is suggested, are inresponse to market trends and may represent beginnings of a re-branding of Sicily as a tourist destination, away from past negative stereotypes associating the island with organised crime.The interdisciplinary aspect of the study represents a significant step towards awider involvement of different disciplines in understanding an important social phenomenon.
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