1st Edition

Multimodal Approaches to Media Discourses Reconstructing the Age of Austerity in the United Kingdom

Edited By Tim Griebel, Stefan Evert, Philipp Heinrich Copyright 2020
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Multimodal Approaches to Media Discourses brings together contributions from an interdisciplinary group of scholars on corpus-assisted analyses of multimodal data on austerity discourses in the United Kingdom, which extend and expand on the understanding of austerity but also of the methodologies used to analyse multimodal corpora.

    The volume demonstrates how the austerity measures introduced in response to global economic and financial crises in recent years can be viewed as being more complexly layered than they appear, not simply reduced to their connections to spending cuts and fiscal debt. The book employs an innovative methodological approach, in which established and emerging scholars from linguistics and computational and social sciences critically reflect on the exact same set of data – multimodal texts and articles from The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph from 2010 to 2016. This framework allows for the exploration of the role of the media in mediating the public’s assessment of austerity and the ideas, actors, emotions, geographies and broader material context which contribute to such perceptions. In so doing, the volume also offers unique insights into systematic analyses to multimodal data which may be applied to other topics and connected with other disciplines.

    Enhancing our awareness and assessment of austerity in public discourse and of the methodologies to study it, this book is key reading for students and researchers in discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, multimodality, and those working at the intersection of these fields.

    1. Possibilities and Challenges of Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analyses of Austerity in the United Kingdom

    Tim Griebel, Stefan Evert and Philipp Heinrich

    2. Searching for ‘Austerity’. Using Semantic Shifts as Indicators of Changing Ideological Positions

    John A. Bateman and Cécile L. Paris

    3. EU Countries in Crisis. Close and Distant Readings of UK News Articles Using Word Embeddings

    Devin J. Cornell and John W. Mohr

    4. Mapping Austerity. Geographical Text Analysis of UK Place-Names in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph

    Laura L. Paterson

    5. Collocation and Emotions in the Context of Austerity in British Newspapers

    Fong Wa Ha

    6. Money in the Framing of Austerity Discourses

    Tanweer Ali and Eva Kellnerová

    7. Images of Austerity in Britain in Print and Online Media

    Sabine Tan, Kay O’Halloran, Peter Wignell and Katharina Lobinger

    8. The Cultural Political Economy of Brexit in the Age of Austerity. A Corpus-Assisted Critical Realist Multimedia Discourse Analysis

    Tim Griebel and Philipp Heinrich

    9. Disciplinary Friendship and Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis.

    An Auto-Ethnographic Reflection of a Political Scientist

    Tim Griebel


    Tim Griebel is a former assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität

    Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany.

    Stefan Evert is the chair of Computational Corpus Linguistics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität

    Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany.

    Philipp Heinrich is a PhD candidate in Corpus and Computational Linguistics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität

    Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany.