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The Conceptualisation of EUROPE in the Italian Press since the Early 20th Century

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In media coverage, Europe is understood as either political or institution-specific. Metaphorical expressions, such as the PATH / JOURNEY / TRANSPORT metaphor, the CONSTRUCTION / HOUSE metaphor or the ORGANISM metaphor, are often used for different developments and decisions. This article examines the conceptualisation of EUROPE in the Italian press of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Central events of European policy are the focus of attention, such as the founding of the EEC and the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 with the dissolution of the border between Western Europe – metonymically referred to as Europe for decades – and Eastern Europe, and the continuous enlargement of the EU from 1973 onwards. On the basis of a comprehensive corpus of Italian daily press (Corriere della Sera, La Stampa), the concepts used metaphorically in political reporting and possible Italian preferences will be identified.

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  • Europe
  • Italy
  • metaphor
  • conceptualisation
  • press

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Heinemann, S. (2022). The Conceptualisation of EUROPE in the Italian Press since the Early 20th Century. In: Heinemann, S., Helfrich, U., Visser, J. (eds) On the Discursive Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Europe. Linguistik in Empirie und Theorie/Empirical and Theoretical Linguistics(). J.B. Metzler, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64893-3_3

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