Dr Jonathan Kasstan, Lecturer in French and Linguistics, was quoted in an article about the use of Boris Johnson’s language in Parliament.

Jonathan-Kasstan

In the article, Dr Kasstan comments on research that analysed the Commons’ journal Hansard, which found a rise in the frequency of terms such as “traitors”, “betrayal” and “surrender” in the last two years.

Talking about the research, he said: “[the researcher] suggests that [the rise in frequency] can be pegged closely to Brexit-based research debates.”

He added: “In a sense, she is right to point out, too, that increased use of such terms could be understood as invoking a confrontational or combative style, where the EU is caricatured as foe, not friend.

“Such a narrative is clearly designed to be reductive, because it frames an ‘us and them’ binary narrative around a referendum with an equally reductive binary choice.”

Read the full article on Prospect Magazine’s website.

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