Chapter published in:The Corpus Linguistics Discourse: In honour of Wolfgang Teubert
Edited by Anna Čermáková and Michaela Mahlberg
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 87] 2018
► pp. 95–126
Europhobes and Europhiles, Eurospats and Eurojibes
Revisiting Britain’s EU debate, 2000–2016
This paper is an examination in three parts of the UK’s debate on membership of the European Union, before and immediately after the so-called ‘Brexit’ Referendum. The first part takes its cue from an article by Wolfgang Teubert which has exercised considerable influence in the field of corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS), namely, his examination of the language of EU-scepticism in the UK (Teubert 2001). The aim of the CADS approach is the uncovering, in the discourse type under study, of non-obvious meanings and patterns of meanings, that is, meanings which might not be readily available to naked-eye perusal. Teubert’s paper was an inspiring example of these procedures. In the second part, a para-replication of Teubert’s work, we revisit attitudes to the EU as represented in sections of the UK press in 2013 (the year the British Prime Minister announced an “in-out” referendum on EU membership). The third section examines the themes debated immediately before and immediately after the referendum vote in June 2016. We also reflect on how the much-invoked notion of negative representation needs to be employed with care, particularly with regard to media discourses.
- 1.Introduction: Teubert’s 2001 study on Euroscepticism
- 2.The para-replication of Teubert’s study thirteen years later – 2013
- 2.1Key item analysis
- 2.1.1The Mail key-items
- 2.1.2The Guardian key items
- 2.2Qualitative analysis I: Concordancing metaphors and motifs
- 2.3Qualitative analysis II: Leading articles
- 2.4Who are we up against?
- 2.5Representing Eurosceptics, Europhobes and other Euro-animals
- 2.5.1The Guardian
- 2.5.2The Mail
- 2.6Metaphors and evaluation
- 2.7Conclusions on the 2013 discourses
- 2.1Key item analysis
- 3.2016: The campaigns immediately before the vote and the reactions just after
- 3.1.1The representation of the referendum
- 3.1.2The theme of fear
- 3.1.3Discourses on immigration
- 3.2The result and post-vote Britain
- 3.2.1First reactions
- 3.2.2Pro-Leave reactions
- 3.2.3Pro-Remain reactions
Published online: 06 December 2018
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