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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland$
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Murray Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637362

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.001.0001

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Nationalism’s Metaphor: the Discourse and Grammar of National Personification

Nationalism’s Metaphor: the Discourse and Grammar of National Personification

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(p.62) 4 Nationalism’s Metaphor: the Discourse and Grammar of National Personification
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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland
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Murrey Stewart Leith

Daniel P. J. Soule

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.003.0004

This chapter revisits Billig’s ‘banal’ thesis through the linguistic phenomenon of metaphor, exploring the banal reference to the nation as a personified individual to demonstrate discursively how the elite characterise the national body in all the same ways in which individual members of the nations can be described. It explores how language is used to represent Scotland within the electoral discourse contained in the manifestos of devolved Scottish politics, and looks at the linguistic phenomenon of the metaphorical personification of the nation and its banal discursive manifestations.

Keywords:   electoral discourse, Scotland, Scottish politics, banal thesis, metaphor

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