Truth, lies and figurative scenarios: Metaphors at the heart of Brexit

Musolff, Andreas (2017) Truth, lies and figurative scenarios: Metaphors at the heart of Brexit. Journal of Language and Politics, 16 (5). 641–657. ISSN 1569-2159

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This article studies one of the key-metaphors that has dominated British EU debates for the past 25 years, i.e. the slogan, Britain at the heart of Europe. The discourse career of this metaphor up to the Brexit referendum shows a decline in its affirmative, optimistic use, and a converse increase of deriding uses to the point of declaring the heart of Europe irredeemably diseased, dead, non-existent or rotten. We argue that these changes in the metaphor scenario of the heart of Europe concept helped to entice the British public to integrate the information supplied by pro-Brexit campaigners into a narrative of a dying EU, which motivated their voting preferences. Even statements that were exposed as factually wrong or implausible before the Brexit referendum were still accepted as fitting the narrative and thus considered as more reliable than unframed pieces of counter-information supplied by the Brexit critics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: brexit,discourse career,europe,frame,lie,metaphor,misrepresentation,scenario
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2017 01:35
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:44
DOI: 10.1075/jlp.16033.mus

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