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A comparative analysis of the keyword multicultural(ism) in French, British, German and Italian migration discourse

Schroeter, M., Veniard, M., Taylor, C. and Blaette, A. (2019) A comparative analysis of the keyword multicultural(ism) in French, British, German and Italian migration discourse. In: Viola, L. and Musolff, A. (eds.) Migration and Media Discourses About Identities in Crisis. Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (81). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, pp. 13-44. ISBN 9789027202475

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Abstract/Summary

This article tackles the topic of European public discourses of migration through the notion of cultural keywords (cf. Williams 1983, Bennett et al. 2005, Wierzbicka 1997) combined with Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis in order to take a comparative view of the use of the key words multicultural and multiculturalism. The study is based on corpora from British, French, German and Italian newspaper articles covering the time span 1998-2012, collated from one conservative and one left-liberal national newspaper in each language. Across the languages, the results show that multicultural is mostly descriptive of a state of affairs, typically without negative evaluation. Multiculturalism is associated with abstract concepts and points to a more negative discourse prosody, indicated by collocates such as ‘failure’.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:No
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > German
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:81750
Publisher:John Benjamins

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