Political Communities and their Language
need a new language (and a bit of love!)
Born to Franco-German parents, I am a child of Europe. After more than a decade in the UK, I dream of one day developing a sense of humour! Analysing the language of Brexit I am struck by the extent to which Leave has come to dominate public discourse, from individual word choices to grand narratives. Peace and prosperity in Europe – on both sides and across the Channel – are in need of a language that is vivid, heartfelt, truthful, and brave. From my European home in Britain I support centrists in their fight against cynics.
Als Sohn einer deutschen Mutter und eines französischen Vaters bin ich ein Kind der europäischen Einigung. Nach zehn Jahren in England klappt’s sogar mit dem Teetrinken. Im Zuge meiner Analysen zum Brexit staune ich, wie sehr die EU-Gegner den Diskurs dominieren. Das europäische Friedensprojekt hat eine Chance, wenn es mit dem Herzen spricht – mutig und wahrhaftig. Kämpfen wir gemeinsam für die Mitte und gegen den Zynismus!
What does the language that we use about Brexit reveal about what is important to Brexiteers? Analysis of the language around the Irish backstop may shed light on positions and preferences. Brexit has caused new tensions between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The...read more
For the UK, it’s deal or no-deal. But other European countries talk about the options for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU in different terms. The divergence in terminology indicates that attitudes to Brexit as well as the European project more generally are also...read more
Why has it been so difficult for Theresa May to convince her own MP's of the importance of the Political declaration about the future relationship between the UK and the EU? The answer to this question has a lot to do with the view of politics that currently dominates...read more
Strengthening communities through changes in language
“What’s the link between innovation and personal relationships?”
This was a fascinating project in which my client had a very specific problem, but chose to ask me a rather broad question. Much of my work was finding out more about pain points in the company, which were based on wide-spread misunderstandings of terms in their guidance documents.
“Who’s an expert on health?”
Research for a large public institution revealed that very often in debates around health the issue is not information as such but the status accorded to those who may possess it. Discourse analysis informed by theories of knowledge provided a solid basis for new forms of stakeholder engagement.