English Language & Linguistics

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Mar 15
16:00 - 17:30
Discourse-Keywords of Migration: The Case of 'Community'
Discourse, Power, and Society Reading & Research Group
Dr Charlotte Taylor (University fo Sussex)

In this paper Charlotte introduces the concept of discourse keywords and discuss how these may be identified in replicable and systematic ways by reporting on preliminary work from a European project aimed at building a dictionary of migration discourse keywords. By way of a case-study, I investigate the use of the term community' (and equivalents in French, German and Italian). In the first stage, I show how these terms may be interpreted as keywords of migration discourse. In the second, I examine the evaluative weighting of these lexical items. Contrary to previous work (e.g. Williams 1983, Gallissot 2007), it is shown here that the term community is actually used as part of a pattern of othering, when employed in the context of migration discourse. Within this context, communities are positioned as the exception to the powerful 'us' group which is represented by the label 'society'.

Charlotte Taylor is Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sussex. Her main research areas relate to media discourse, migration discourses and linguistic im/politeness. From a methodological standpoint, she is interested in the combination of corpus linguistics and discourse studies/pragmatics. She is author of Mock Politeness in English and Italian: A corpus-assisted metalanguage analysis (Benjamins 2016) and co-author of Patterns and Meanings in Discourse: Theory and practice in corpus-assisted discourse studies (Benjamins 2013). She has also published in Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics, Corpora, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, ICAME Journal and CADAAD Journal.

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