Portland State University. Department of Communication
L. David Ritchie
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication
Undocumented immigrants, Metaphor, Schemas, United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy, United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Press coverage, Emigration and immigration law -- European Union countries
1 online resource (vi, 76 pages)
This study analyzes newspaper coverage of immigration reform in mainstream newspapers prior to, and following the debate in June 2007. The newspaper text is analyzed using metaphor interpretation supported by content analysis. The quantitative result categorizes the identified metaphors in three distinct metaphor categories about: immigrants and immigration, immigration policy and enforcement, and metaphors about the debate and immigration issue itself. The relative distribution of metaphors among categories is provided. Using an open coding process, emergent metaphor categories are identified. The qualitative findings describe metaphors and schemas that were potentially activated by particular metaphorical phrases in this context. Lastly, this research compares the similarities and differences of the immigration debate of the early 20th century with the contemporary U.S. and European debate.
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Biria, Ensieh, "Figurative Language in the Immigration Debate: Comparing Early 20th Century and Current U.S. Debate with the Contemporary European Debate" (2012). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 234.