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A nation divided: Metaphors and scenarios in the media coverage of the 2016 British EU referendum

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A nation divided : Metaphors and scenarios in the media coverage of the 2016 British EU referendum. / Koller, Veronika; Ryan, Josie.

Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From poetics to politics. ed. / Christopher Hart. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

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Koller, V & Ryan, J 2019, A nation divided: Metaphors and scenarios in the media coverage of the 2016 British EU referendum. in C Hart (ed.), Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From poetics to politics. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. <https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-cognitive-linguistic-approaches-to-text-and-discourse.html>

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Koller, V., & Ryan, J. (2019). A nation divided: Metaphors and scenarios in the media coverage of the 2016 British EU referendum. In C. Hart (Ed.), Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From poetics to politics Edinburgh University Press. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-cognitive-linguistic-approaches-to-text-and-discourse.html

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Koller V, Ryan J. A nation divided: Metaphors and scenarios in the media coverage of the 2016 British EU referendum. In Hart C, editor, Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From poetics to politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2019

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Koller, Veronika ; Ryan, Josie. / A nation divided : Metaphors and scenarios in the media coverage of the 2016 British EU referendum. Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From poetics to politics. editor / Christopher Hart. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

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