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

Schröter, Melani, Veniard, Marie, Taylor, Charlotte and Blatte, Andreas (2018) A comparative analysis of the keyword multicultural(ism) in French, British, German and Italian migration discourse. In: Musolff, Andreas and Viola, Lorella (eds.) Migration and Media: Discourses about Identities in Crisis. John Benjamins. (Accepted)

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Abstract

This chapter looks into discourses about migration in four European countries through the lens of cultural keywords (cf. Williams 1983; Bennett et al. 2005; Wierzbicka 1997); using Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis, it compares the use of the keywords 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 the adjective multicultural is mostly descriptive of a state of affairs, typically without negative evaluation, and that the noun multiculturalism is associated with abstract concepts and points to a more negative discourse prosody, indicated by collocates such as ‘failure’.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: discourse keywords; multiculturalism; corpus-assisted discourse studies; migration
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 10:34
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80485

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