Quotation Göke, Regina. 2014. France - the new sick man of Europe. Metaphors and metonymies in media discourse about the current economic crisis. 7th WU-Symposium on international business communication, Wien, Österreich, 23.10-25.10..




The causes of the recent financial and economic crisis are multiple and complex. Neither political leaders nor economists seem to be able to interpret and deal with the current situation appropriately. Not a few experts consider it to be a profound systemic crisis of capitalism. The existing socio-economic problems and a perceived political lack of power threaten and affect people's way of life. Due to its social dimension the crisis has had extensive media coverage for several years already. Hence, journalistic texts about the crisis represent an interesting field to investigate how media try to explain the complex socio-economic developments. One characteristic of these texts is that they often contain a considerable number of metaphors and metonymies. The presented study is based on a corpus of articles published in the French economic magazine Expansion in the years 2011-2014. A first research objective was to detect the main metaphorical and metonymic patterns used within the context of the crisis. Second, the investigation aimed at identifying possible correlations between recurring metaphorical patterns and certain phases of the crisis. Third, it took a closer look at constructions in which metaphors and metonymies co-occur in order to describe the semantic-pragmatic effects they produce.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language German
Title France - the new sick man of Europe. Metaphors and metonymies in media discourse about the current economic crisis
Event 7th WU-Symposium on international business communication
Year 2014
Date 23.10-25.10.
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL http://www.wu.ac.at/bizcomm/symposien/symposium2014


Göke, Regina (Details)
Institute for Romance Languages IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6615 Romance studies (Details)
6619 Lexicography (Details)
6625 Technical language studies (Details)
6629 Terminology (Details)
6634 Cognitive linguistics (Details)
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