WE – Britain, WE - the European Council Pronoun reference and collective identity construction in Gordon Brown’s statements to the British Parliament. Eva Thue Vold EURLING-seminar: Political discourse on the European Union in a multidisciplinary perspective Paris, January 29-30, 2009.
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WE – Britain, WE - the European CouncilPronoun reference and collective identity construction in Gordon Brown’s statements to the British Parliament
Eva Thue Vold
EURLING-seminar: Political discourse on the European Union in a multidisciplinary perspective
Paris, January 29-30, 2009
Statements made to Parliament by Gordon Brown on the
I 13 occurrences
ME 1 occurrence
MYSELF 1 occurrence
WE 44 occurrences
OUR 16 occurrences
I said in October that I would oppose any further institutional change in the relationship between the EU and its member states, not just for this Parliament but for the next. I stand by that commitment.
And this is now also the settled consensus of the EU.
As agreed by Chancellor Merkel, President Sarkozy and myself in October, the progress report should examine whether regulatory or other action is necessary. And I have invited Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy to London so that we can discuss the proposals in the paper we agreed and issued a few weeks ago.
Be focused 1
And while we are rightly focused on the immediate priority of bringing the status process through to completion in an orderly and managed way, the European Council agreed that it is also important that we address the longer-term challenge of ensuring Kosovo’s future economic and political viability.
decision making body, a powerful political institution
the reforms Europe must make to meet and master the global challenges we face - for competitiveness, employment, secure energy, climate change;
and issues of security - in particular Kosovo, Iran and Burma - that we must confront together.
And I have invited Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy to London so that we can discuss the proposals in the paper weagreed and issued a few weeks ago
Images created through pronoun + verb collocations
Through choice of pronoun + verb collocations, speakers can create an impression of different entities and the relations between them without having to make explicit statements about them.
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