Chapter published in:Reference and Identity in Public Discourses
Edited by Ursula Lutzky and Minna Nevala
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 306] 2019
► pp. 159–180
From ‘country’ to ‘confederation’ – debating terms of reference for the EU on a Wikipedia talk page
This chapter deals with Wikipedia editors’ (‘Wikipedians’) discussions about the EU between 2001 and 2015 on the talk page (TP) accompanying the Wikipedia article “European Union” (EU). This TP provides a platform for Wikipedians to debate controversial issues regarding the article on the EU. Taking a corpus-assisted approach to these debates allows an insight into how and why Wikipedians apply and discard different terms of reference and concepts for the EU. Findings indicate that, in particular, the applicability of the terms ‘confederation’, ‘federation’ and ‘country’ was heatedly discussed throughout the TP conversations. The key factor that determined whether Wikipedians supported or rejected use of these terms was how much sovereignty the term in question ascribed to the EU and its members.
Keywords: European Union, Wikipedia, Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies, public sphere, digital discourse, terms of reference
Published online: 21 October 2019
2016 “The Top 500 Sites on the Web.” http://www.alexa.com/topsites (accessed 15 April 2019).
2015 AntConc. Tokyo: Waseda University. http://www.laurenceanthony.net/software.html (accessed 15 April 2019).
Bärenreuter, Christoph, Cornelia Brüll, Monika Mokre, and Karin Wahl-Jorgendsen
2009 “An Overview of Research on the European Public Sphere.” Eurosphere Working Paper Series 3. Available online at https://www.academia.edu/9087443/An_Overview_of_Research_on_the_European_Public_Sphere (accessed 15 April 2019).
Callahan, Ewa, and Susan Herring
Commission of the European Communities
2001 “European Governance: A White Paper.” Nr. 428. Unpublished manuscript. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_DOC-01-10_en.htm (accessed 15 April 2019).
Davies, Bronwyn, and Romano Harré
Emigh, William, and Susan Herring
European Union. Wikipedia
2015 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=European_Union&oldid=695821747 (accessed 5 February 2016).
European Union: Revision history. Wikipedia
2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=European_Union&action=history (accessed 19 January 2016).
2018 “And You Know, Jeremy, My Father Came from a Very Poor Background Indeed: Collective Identities and the Private-Public Interface in Political Discourse.” In The Discursive Construction of Identities On- and Offline, ed. by Birte Bös, Sonja Kleinke, Sandra Mollin, and Nuria Hernández, 227–248. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Fossum, John, and Philip Schlesinger
Help: Using Talk Pages. Wikipedia
2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Using_talk_pages#Indentation (accessed 21 January 2016).
Hirsh, Jacob B., and Michael Inzlicht
Kleinke, Sonja, Nuria Hernández, and Birte Bös
Krzyżanowski, Michal, and Ruth Wodak
McEnery, Tony, and Andrew Wilson
Millar, Sharon, and John Wilson
Muntigl, Peter, Gilbert Weiss, and Ruth Wodak
Talk: European Union/Archive 16. Wikipedia
2007 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:European_Union/Archive_16 (accessed 20 December 2015).
Toulmin, Stephen Edelston
Triandafyllidou, Anna, Ruth Wodak, and Michal Krzyżanowski
Van Leeuwen, Theo
Van Os, Renée, Nicholas Jankowski, and Maurice Vergeer
2011a “Research:Wikipedia Editor Survey 2011/Results.” https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Editor_Survey_Report_-_April_2011.pdf (accessed 21 March 2019).
2011b “Research:Wikipedia Readership Survey 2011/Results.” https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Wikipedia_Readership_Survey_2011/Results (accessed 18 October 2017).
Wikipedia:Blocking policy. Wikipedia
2017 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Blocking_policy (accessed 26 March 2017).
2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Consensus (accessed 17 November 2016).
Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources. Wikipedia
2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Identifying_reliable_sources (accessed 7 October 2016).
Wikipedia:Talk Page guidelines. Wikipedia
2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Talk_page_guidelines (accessed 19 January 2016).
Wodak, Ruth, and Scott Wright
Cited by 2 other publications
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 10 may 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.