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The Good, the Bad and Something in Between: Blame Assignment in Czech and Slovak Political Discourse on Brexit



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines
Keywords Brexit, blame, content analysis, Czech Republic, discourse-historical approach, Slovakia
Description This article engages in the emerging scholarly debate about the instrumentalization of Brexit for internal political purposes within EU27 domestic contexts. More specifically, it investigates the extent to, and the ways in, which the Czech and Slovak governments conveyed, interpreted and evaluated blame in the context of Brexit. In doing so, due attention is paid both to the linguistic aspects, in the sense of topical structures, discursive strategies and linguistic devices, as well as to the empirical assessment of more general patterns of blame occurrence vis-á-vis Brexit and how these differ between the two cases. To this end, the study adopts a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative content analysis and the discourse-historical approach to discourse studies. The critical-analytic exploration concludes that some similarities notwithstanding, the Czech and Slovak governments exhibited significant differences in how they used Brexit for blame assignment, made sense of it and used it to (re)produce shared meaning(s).

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