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On the Discursive Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Europe

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  • Competing concepts of EUROPE in political and public discourses

  • How is EUROPE conceptualised?

  • Construction of European identity

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About this book

​Europe is the name for a scintillating variety of historically emerged concepts, constantly developed and discussed over time. Its complexity and fuzziness is reflected in a multitude of myths, topoi, symbols and boundaries, which all constitute shared knowledge of the concept of EUROPE and which continue to influence attempts to (de- and re-)construct European identity. The case studies collected in this volume investigate the competing concepts of Europe in political and public discourses from a wide range of perspectives (e.g. frame semantics, discourse linguistics, multimodal analysis), focusing on the following aspects: How is EUROPE conceptualised, (re-)negotiated and legitimised by different political actors, political bodies and institutions? How does “the European idea” change throughout history and how is the re-emerging idea of nationality evaluated?

The Editors

Sabine Heinemann is full professor of Romance Linguistics at Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Her research interests focus on language change, (historical) dialectology and minority languages (especially Friulian), cognitive semantics and, recently, the language of advertising and political discourse.

Uta Helfrich is full professor of Romance Linguistics at Göttingen University, Germany. Her major research interests include language variation and change, the semantics, syntax and pragmatics of discourse in general, and political and media discourse in particular.

Judith Visser is full professor of Romance Philology (linguistics, didactics and methodology of language teaching) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. Her main research areas are sociolinguistics, folk linguistics, metaphors and political discourse.

Keywords

  • European identity
  • European idea
  • political discourse
  • nationality
  • folk linguistics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut für Romanistik, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Graz, Austria

    Sabine Heinemann

  • Seminar für Romanische Philologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

    Uta Helfrich

  • Romanisches Seminar, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

    Judith Visser

About the editors

Sabine Heinemann is full professor of Romance Linguistics at Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Her research interests focus on language change, (historical) dialectology and minority languages (especially Friulian), cognitive semantics and, recently, the language of advertising and political discourse.

Uta Helfrich is full professor of Romance Linguistics at Göttingen University, Germany. Her major research interests include language variation and change, the semantics, syntax and pragmatics of discourse in general, and political and media discourse in particular.

Judith Visser is full professor of Romance Philology (linguistics, didactics and methodology of language teaching) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. Her main research areas are sociolinguistics, folk linguistics, metaphors and political discourse.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: On the Discursive Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Europe

  • Editors: Sabine Heinemann, Uta Helfrich, Judith Visser

  • Series Title: Linguistik in Empirie und Theorie/Empirical and Theoretical Linguistics

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64893-3

  • Publisher: J.B. Metzler Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: J.B. Metzler Humanities (German Language)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer-Verlag GmbH, DE, part of Springer Nature 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-64892-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-64893-3

  • Series ISSN: 2662-5725

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-5733

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 263

  • Number of Illustrations: 22 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sociolinguistics

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USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-662-64893-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)