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Title:Using pronouns to construct a European identity: The case of politicians at Davos 2008
Author(s):Cramer, Jennifer S.
Subject(s):sociolinguistics, pronouns, national, identity, deictic mapping
Abstract:This article examines how EU leaders position themselves with respect to a European identity through pronoun use. The data for this article were taken from a session from the 2008 meeting of the World Economic Forum (YouTube 2008). It featured a panel of leaders from current and prospective EU member states. I selected a 15-minute segment, which focuses particularly on the concept of a European identity. Of particular interest in this study is the identity expressed by the Turkish member of the panel, as it compares to the other EU leaders. I use Wortham’s (1996) deictic mapping techniques to analyze pronoun use in the data. The analysis reveals that three identities are constructed through pronoun use: neutral, non-European, and European. While leaders from current member states emphasize their Europeanness through pronoun use, the Turkish member portrays an identity in opposition to this European identity.
Issue Date:2009
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2009: 94-109.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-01-15

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