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Fleeing, sneaking, flooding: a corpus analysis of discursive constructions of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK Press 1996-2005

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Fleeing, sneaking, flooding : a corpus analysis of discursive constructions of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK Press 1996-2005. / Gabrielatos, Costas; Baker, Paul.

In: Journal of English Linguistics, Vol. 36, No. 1, 03.2008, p. 5-38.

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Gabrielatos C, Baker P. Fleeing, sneaking, flooding: a corpus analysis of discursive constructions of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK Press 1996-2005. Journal of English Linguistics. 2008 Mar;36(1):5-38. doi: 10.1177/0075424207311247

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