Nation and supernation: A tale of three Europes

Geoffrey Williams and Roberta Piazza

in European Identity

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602308
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739156 | DOI:

Series: IntUne

Nation and supernation: A tale of three Europes

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Chapter 3 is concerned with the word Europe and its representations in the French, Italian, and British press, and starts from a lexicographical perspective. The key question is to know what the word Europe refers to in the corpora, and how the different Europes are construed. What is shown is that all the press tends to present a very vague Europe, not specifying whether they are concerned with a broad geographical area or the European Union. The chapter proposes a lexicographical prototype so as to handle polysemy and variations in meaning, before moving on to different geographical definitions of Europe and the associated connotations.

Keywords: Europe; lexicography; prototype; polysemy

Chapter.  11859 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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