Migration Discourse

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Do denominations of people on the move have the same meaning in Belgian French- and Dutch-speaking newspapers? ★

Valériane MistiaenDESIRE-Vrije Universiteit Brussel


[long paper]

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From “acoger refugiados” to “expulsar refugiados”: Exploring the victimization of refugees in a corpus of Spanish news articles

Gema Alcaraz-Mármol Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM)
Jorge Soto-Almela Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)



[long paper]

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Ideological Discourses in a 21st Century, Multi-register U.S. Migrant Education Corpus

Shannon Fitzsimmons-Doolan Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

[long paper]

[paper removed at authors’ request]

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Metaphors over time and spaces. A cross-linguistic corpus-assisted newspaper discourse analysis of the metaphorical representation of migration. The case of two New York newspapers and an Italian Newspaper between 20th and 21st Century.

Dario Del FanteUniversity of Padova / University of Sussex

[long paper]

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The discursive construction of contemporary Spanish emigrants in the press

Marisol del-Teso-CraviottoMiami University

[long paper]

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The representation of immigrants in Spanish judicial decisions: using data to refute hate speech.

María José Marín Pérez & Ángela Almela Sánchez-LafuenteUniversity of Murcia, Spain



[long paper]

5 thoughts on “Migration Discourse

  1. Charlotte Taylor June 17, 2020 — 11:30 am

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your papers and I’m really looking forward to chairing this panel tomorrow.


  2. Elvis Coimbra Gomes June 18, 2020 — 6:43 am

    I have a 2 methodological questions for Shannon Fitzsimmons-Doolan:
    1) When identifying lexical variables, you chose those that appeared in at least 1.4% of the corpus files (more and equal than 70 files). Isn’t too low to claim representativeness?

    2) When identifying ideological Discourses, you looked at your lexical variables qualitatively. You then showed in your slide a table of the Discourses and their lexical traces (variables). Could you explain more how you did this identification? I personally find it hard to do that due to a fear of missing out certain details.

    Thanks a lot for your interesting talk! 😀


    1. Shannon Fitzsimmons-Doolan June 19, 2020 — 6:06 pm

      Hey Elvis, Thanks for these great questions! Can you send me an email and I can respond?


  3. Elvis Coimbra Gomes June 18, 2020 — 7:01 am

    Questions for Dario Del Fante:
    1) Maybe you said it, but what are the ideological inclinations of the US and Italian newspapers you selected?
    2) In your collocation analysis, what was the rationale to focus on frequent and non-exclusive collocates (thus selecting log-likelihood as an association measure)? Is this something that specifically targets metaphors?
    3) You showed diachronic tendencies in the use of metaphors in terms of frequency, but you didn’t consider dispersion. To what extent do you think that dispersion plays a role in the conventionalisation of the metaphor?

    Thanks a lot for your interesting talk! 😀


    1. dariodelfante91 June 19, 2020 — 12:36 pm

      Hi Elvis. Thank you for your questions and for having assisted to my presentation. I will try to answer one question at the time.
      1) As for U.S. – The New York Daily Tribune – the early 1900s newspaper can be considered republican – central-right. The New York times is a liberal newspaper. As for Italy, La Stampa is a central-right wing newspaper.
      2) As I told you yesterday, I was looking for conventional metaphors, so those metaphor which was highly present within the discussion on migration.
      3) This is a great question. I have never considered dispersion and I think it could be interesting to look at dispersion over time. I do not know why I did not think. Maybe, by focusing on the relationship between contextual informations and dispersion, I could understands better why such metaphors occur in such period. Thank you.


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