Quotation Kopf, Susanne. 2019. From 'country' to 'confederation' – debating terms of reference for the EU on a Wikipedia talk page. In: Reference and Identity in Public Discourses, Hrsg. Lutzky, Ursula, Nevala, Minna, 159-180. Amsterdam: Benjamins.




This chapter deals with Wikipedia editors’ (‘Wikipedians’) discussions about the EU between 2001 and 2015 on the talk page (TP) accompanying the Wikipedia article “European Union” (EU). This TP provides a platform for Wikipedians to debate controversial issues regarding the article on the EU. Taking a corpus-assisted approach to these debates allows an insight into how and why Wikipedians apply and discard different terms of reference and concepts for the EU. Findings indicate that, in particular, the applicability of the terms ‘confederation’, ‘federation’ and ‘country’ was heatedly discussed throughout the TP conversations. The key factor that determined whether Wikipedians supported or rejected use of these terms was how much sovereignty the term in question ascribed to the EU and its members.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title From 'country' to 'confederation' – debating terms of reference for the EU on a Wikipedia talk page
Title of whole publication Reference and Identity in Public Discourses
Editor Lutzky, Ursula, Nevala, Minna
Page from 159
Page to 180
Location Amsterdam
Publisher Benjamins
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://benjamins.com/catalog/pbns.306.06kop
ISBN 9789027204202
Open Access N


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