Linguistic Analysis of the “Immigrant” as Represented in Russian Media: Cultural Semantics
In recent years, the issue of migration has attracted considerable media attention; immigration has become the focus of social, economic, cultural, and linguistic research. While there are numerous studies on public and political discourse about European migration, only a relatively small amount of research appears to concentrate on the specific historical, cultural, and social contexts of the issue in Russia. In view of the above, the research question is: how does the representation of “immigrant” in Russian media reflect the cultural/local/national features of this global phenomenon?
This study has considerable potential for the field of intercultural communication, with its focus on linguistic ethno-relativity when it analyzes the universality and variability of media discourse on migration. Moreover, in this research, the phenomenon under study – the immigrant – is treated as a focal point of intercultural communication. The structure of this chapter is as follows: first, we will explore the concept of the “immigrant” in intercultural communication and media discourse theories; next, we will examine linguistic studies and the
methodology used by linguists to analyze the aforementioned concept; finally, we will apply cultural semantic analysis to media discourse, namely, the newspaper subcorpus of the Russian national corpus (RNC).