'Friends don't let friends go Brexiting without a mandate': Changing discourses of Brexit in The Guardian

Ursula Lutzky, Andrew Kehoe

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


This chapter investigates the discourse of Brexit in the UK newspaper the Guardian, based on a corpus containing every article published on its website since 2000. A corpus linguistic approach explores the diachronic development of the word ‘Brexit’ from its first attestation in the Business section in the Guardian in August 2012. The analysis traces the use of ‘Brexit’ and related terms in the Guardian as a whole and in the Business and blog-style Comment Is Free sections. It shows that the uncertainty of Brexit has generated different discourses detailing impacts of the referendum vote and seeking to define the phenomenon of Brexit.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourses of Brexit
Editors Veronika Koller, Susanne Kopf and Marlene Miglbauer
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781351041867
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 602004 General linguistics
  • 602
  • 602011 Computational linguistics

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