The presentation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press, 1998-2009: Identifying topics through detailed wordlist analysis

Gabrielatos, Costas (2010) The presentation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press, 1998-2009: Identifying topics through detailed wordlist analysis. Joint Meeting of the Language, Ideology and Power Research Group and the UCREL Corpus Research Seminar, 21st June, Lancaster University, UK.

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Abstract

Corpus-based approaches to critical discourse analysis usually move from establishing large-scale patterns and trends to examination of keywords and/or collocates to close concordance analysis. This presentation will demonstrate how ... 1.detailed concordance analysis can provide the motivation for large-scale analysis; 2.the examination of high-frequency content words (through multi-sorted concordances) can provide strong indications of the main topics in a specialised corpus of newspaper articles; 3.extending the analysis by examining mid-frequency words can provide a more comprehensive picture by establishing groups of words which a) indicate topics, b) specify contextual elements, and c) provide the co-text essential for the discussion of topics. The analysis forms part of the ESRC funded project, Representation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press, 1998-2009 (PI: Paul Baker; CI: Tony McEnery; RA: Costas Gabrielatos), using a specialised corpus of about 143 million words, containing 200,000 articles related to Islam, its devout, religious customs and practices from twelve national newspapers over twelve years.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus linguistics ; topic-specific corpora ; islam ; muslims ; wordlist ; newspapers
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 11:43
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4108

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