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After we #VoteLeave we can #TakeControl: political campaigning and imagined collectives on Twitter before the Brexit vote

Jaworska, S. and Sogomonian, T. (2019) After we #VoteLeave we can #TakeControl: political campaigning and imagined collectives on Twitter before the Brexit vote. In: Reference and Identity in Public Discourses. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (In Press)

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This study explores the use of personal pronouns in the context of political agitation on Twitter in the run-up to the EU referendum 2016. Using a combination of corpus linguistic and discourse analytical techniques, it shows notable differences in the way in which personal pronouns were employed by Leavers and Remainers. In particular, we emerged as a significant factor distinguishing the online rhetoric of the two camps with Leavers using we more often and in a much more versatile manner. This study contributes to the growing body of research on ambient affiliations in political communication offering insights into the ways in which personal pronouns are strategically deployed to create imagined collectives for the purpose of political bonding and agitation online.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:83020
Uncontrolled Keywords:Twitter, Brexit, identity construction, personal pronouns, corpora, ambient affiliations, imagined collectives
Publisher:John Benjamins

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