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Title: Evolving identity - changing discourse : an examination of changes in the representation of Slovene speakers and neighbouring groups in the Slovene press during the transition from Yugoslav Republic to independent state
Author: Stone, Alastair
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 8948
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2011
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The thesis investigates representations of Slovene identity in the broadsheet daily newspaper Delo from three key years in the republic's recent history. The three periods represented are: 1968 - Slovenia as a constituent republic of a seemingly stable Yugoslavia; 1989 - Slovenia as a republic undergoing a secession debate, and 2003 - Slovenia as an independent state about to join the EU and NATO. The research questions addressed are: l.How do the Slovenes view their language in relation to the other languages with which they are in political contact and how do their views change with the changing political context 2.Which groups are associated with the 'us' of Slovene speakers and which are contrasted or excluded by being represented as 'them'? How did this situation change in the time between Slovenia being a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and an independent state? 3.What attitudes to other groups are associated with the range of naming and address practices for groups identified above, and how are these patterned across the period? The study surveys theory in the areas of group identity, the role of discourse in forming and maintaining groups, analysis of press discourse, and the history of the Slovene speakers. The data are taken from editorial content and readers' letters, a mix chosen to give access to variety of authorial voices at key stages in recent history, and the analysis employs techniques from the disciplines of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. In addition to examining language issues, the analysis aims to gain insight into the way discourse reflects or presages the changing relationship between Slovene speakers and their partners in political and economic alliances. The analysis reveals that throughout the period being investigated there are complex interactions between levels of identification which include Slovene, Yugoslav, and European. 5
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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