Quotation Kopf, Susanne. 2016. “[I]t looks like a country, smells like a country, tastes like a country…” - The EU on Wikipedia Talk Pages. CADAAD, Catania, Italien, 05.09-07.09.




This paper deals with representation(s)/constructions(s) of the EU negotiated among contributors to the English Wikipedia between 2001 and 2015. The study focuses on the Talk Page (TP) that accompanies the Wikipedia article on the EU. This TP provides a space for Wikipedians to discuss controversial editing and/or content issues regarding the article. The EU has received considerable attention in applied linguistics, e.g. questions regarding language policy and discourses surrounding topics relevant to the EU have been researched in-depth. However, private individuals’ attempts to make sense of this sui generis when faced with the task of defining the EU have hardly been touched upon. Additionally, Wikipedia as a collaboratively-created online encyclopaedia has hitherto received comparatively little attention in applied linguistics. Wikipedia allowed for the creation of an entry about the “EU” shortly after the inception of the website in 2001. From then on, contributors’ have engaged in discussions on what to include and exclude in the article on the EU and for which reasons to do so. Thus, Wikipedia affords the unique opportunity of investigating how the Wikipedia community has debated and grappled with its understanding of the EU since 2001. This study presents a corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis aiming to give a “rich and detailed perspective” on “delicate variations” in the data in order to arrive at conclusions with respect to the Wikipedia community’s view(s) on the EU.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title ¿[I]t looks like a country, smells like a country, tastes like a country¿¿ - The EU on Wikipedia Talk Pages
Year 2016
Date 05.09-07.09
Country Italy
Location Catania


Kopf, Susanne (Details)
Institute for English Business Communication (Köster) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6903 Humanities (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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