A corpus-based discourse analysis of security in White House press briefings

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White House press briefings are daily meetings between the White Housepress secretary and the press. As one of the main official channels ofcommunication for the White House, they play a crucial role in theadministration communication strategies (Kumar 2007).Security has always been a key concept in political debate (Buzan2000), particularly after the events of 9/11 and the rising of a new regimeof international security (Fairclough 2007). Our analysis of a corpus ofpress briefings ranging across five presidencies, from Bill Clinton toBarack Obama, will focus on the lexical item security from a moderndiachronic corpus-assisted discourse studies perspective (Partington 2010).The analysis of the collocational profile of security across time will enableus to assess the phraseological evolution of the senses of the term and itsconceptualisation in US political debate, from “social security” (duringBill Clinton presidencies) to “homeland security” (especially during thefirst George W. Bush administration), and up to “national security” (inObama’s presidential term).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Languages of Politics Volume 2
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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