European Identity What the Media Say

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-07-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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European Identity examines how Europe is represented linguistically in the news media of four EU countries, France, Italy, Poland, and the UK, through the use of an electronic corpus built from newspapers and television news transcripts. This multilingual comparable corpus, is composed of the entire contents of four newspapers published in each country, collected over two periods of three months, and the transcriptions of two TV news broadcasts, collected over two periods of two months. The theoretical and methodological frameworks adopted include discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and corpus-assisted discourse analysis. The individual chapters investigate various aspects of European identity as it is discursively construed in the news media of the different countries, such as Europe as a political and geographic entity, European Union institutions, European history, citizenship, and immigration. Based on a bottom-up orientation and using both quantitative and qualitative methods, all chapters but one use a comparative approach to the data, juxtaposing the journalist representations of Europe in two or more languages. The fundamental aim of the volume is to demonstrate how linguistic analysis, and in particular the study of large amounts of linguistic data, can make a vital contribution to the analysis of political and social issues

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xii
List of Contributorsp. xv
Introduction: Exploring the LntUne corpusp. 1
Representing Europe: Its nations and its institutions
Representations of representation: European institutions in the French and British pressp. 21
Nation and supernation: A tale of three Europesp. 55
Discourses of European identity in British, Italian, and French TV newsp. 84
Does 'Europe' have a common historical identity?p. 118
Representing Europe: Its people and its citizens
Semantic constructions of citizenship in the British, French, and Italian pressp. 153
Us and them: How immigrants are constructed in British and Italian newspapersp. 190
We in the Union: A Polish perspective on identityp. 224 Barbara
Legitimated Persons and Vox Populi attitudes towards Europe in French, Italian, Polish, and UK TV newsp. 258
Conclusions: Speaking in tongues about Europep. 295
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 315
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