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Paul Bayley and Geoffrey Williams

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602308.001.0001

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Discourses of European identity in British, Italian, and French TV news

Discourses of European identity in British, Italian, and French TV news

(p.84) 4 Discourses of European identity in British, Italian, and French TV news
European Identity

Joanna Thornborrow

Louann Haarman

Alison Duguid

Oxford University Press

Unlike previous chapters, Chapter 4 examines the language of television news in France, Italy, and Britain. In looking at both visual and verbal data, it shows how news about Europe is ‘framed’ in different ways in the different countries. The chapter concludes that in French TV news there is pervasive reference to a united European identity, constructing a strong concept of a collective European ‘we’ (albeit French‐centred). In Italian TV news the European ‘we’ is less strongly represented, but Europe is nevertheless a central figure, particularly in its political and institutional roles. In the UK, on the other hand, Europe is represented often sceptically or semi‐seriously — as something rather distant.

Keywords:   television news language, framing, identity, visual semiotics, verbal semiotics

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