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Discourse Analysis of the 'Integration' Concept Based on the Analysis of German Mass Media
Kofanova Galina Petrovna

PhD in Philology

head of the Department of Foreign Languages at Kaliningrad State Technical University

236022, Russia, Kaliningradskaya oblast', g. Kaliningrad, ul. Sovetskii Prospekt, 1


The subject of the research is the concept of refugee integration in Germany. The object of the research is the discourse represented by on-line editors. The author analyzes such aspects of the topic as the need to integrate refugees into the German society, challenges that may arise in the process of integration, analysis of the aforesaid discourse, description of the concepts that form the basic concept of integration, and interpretation of conceptual structures and cognitive mechanisms of the concept development. Kofanova focuses on the interpretation of conceptual structures as the elements that represent the ideology of the German community, and analysis of linguistic means that explicate the concept of integration in the German language. The research is based on the method of cognitive discursive analysis because these are very useful methods to analyze the concepts of conceptualization and categorization. The main conclusions of the research are the following: the discourse about the German refugees is represented mostly by two points of view. The official point of view is that integration of refugees is necessary, and the other point of view is that integration of refugees is impossible. The author's special contribution to the topic is that using the means of cognitive linguistics, she tries to define the role and the place of the concept of integration in the German linguistic consciousness and gives an evaluation of this project in the German society, and attitude towards it. The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the author appeals to the most important problem today's Europe is facing, and the author's attempt to describe the nature of the problem using the linguistic means. 

Keywords: semantic component, inferential meaning, lexis, integration, sphere of concepts, concept, Discourse, verbalization, explication, frame



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