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“We have the character of an island nation”: A discourse-historical analysis of David Cameron’s “Bloomberg speech” on the European Union

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“We have the character of an island nation” : A discourse-historical analysis of David Cameron’s “Bloomberg speech” on the European Union. / Wodak, Ruth Emily.

Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. ed. / Michael Kranert; Geraldine Horan. John Benjamins, 2018. p. 27–58 (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture; Vol. 80).

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Wodak, RE 2018, “We have the character of an island nation”: A discourse-historical analysis of David Cameron’s “Bloomberg speech” on the European Union. in M Kranert & G Horan (eds), Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, vol. 80, John Benjamins, pp. 27–58. https://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.80.02wod

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Wodak, R. E. (2018). “We have the character of an island nation”: A discourse-historical analysis of David Cameron’s “Bloomberg speech” on the European Union. In M. Kranert, & G. Horan (Eds.), Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse (pp. 27–58). (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture; Vol. 80). John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.80.02wod

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Wodak RE. “We have the character of an island nation”: A discourse-historical analysis of David Cameron’s “Bloomberg speech” on the European Union. In Kranert M, Horan G, editors, Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. John Benjamins. 2018. p. 27–58. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture). https://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.80.02wod

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Wodak, Ruth Emily. / “We have the character of an island nation” : A discourse-historical analysis of David Cameron’s “Bloomberg speech” on the European Union. Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. editor / Michael Kranert ; Geraldine Horan. John Benjamins, 2018. pp. 27–58 (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture).

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